Encouragement, God’s plan, Uncategorized

Faith of a child

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I was doing my regular chores in the house for the day when the boys come running to me. They were a little hysterical because they discovered tegolenna (their little hamster) had escaped. We went on a mission to find her. Searching produced no results. But then, she ran out from beside my file cabinet and was headed to slip underneath the couch. She didn’t make it because our chihuahua snatched it up. We rescued it from his mouth but the hamster wasn’t moving. It was taking small irregular breaths and I knew there was no hope for it to live. I told them to place it back in its cage and we would see what happens.

Well, a few minutes had gone by and the boys hadn’t been back to report so I went to check on them. They were all huddled around the cage on their little knees with their little eyes closed and heads bowed. They were praying! I wondered why I hadn’t thought of that. Why wasn’t my first response to pray? Their first response was to pray to the God we taught them about. The one we told them could and would answer prayer. They believed He could save lives and petitioned on behalf of their pet.

Guess what? The next day that little hamster was running on its wheel as if the day before never happened. It was a miracle. A miracle from a loving God that answers prayer.

And He called a child to Himself and stood him in their midst, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. “Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:2-4, NASB)

That day showed me what the faith a child looks like and what it produces. As adults we sometimes over complicate things. But it’s actually simple.

In the scripture it says to be converted and become like children. What does it mean to be converted?

The Bible says we are all sinners, none are good and we all fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:10, 23)

We are in need of a Saviour.

The Good News is that God sent His only begotten son that whoever shall believe in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

But how? How do we receive eternal life?

If we believe God sent His Son to die on the cross for our sin and three days later God raised Him from the grave. Then confess it with our mouth we shall be saved. (Romans 10:9)

It’s a free gift! Let us never over complicate it. God loves you and his desire is that all men be saved. It doesn’t matter what we have done. Jesus paid it all. Jesus is our advocate to the Father. Please accept Him today and become His child.

Have questions? Message me privately.

Have you been saved by the grace of God? If so, tell me about it. I love to hear testimonies.

Being Transformed, Encouragement, God’s plan, Uncategorized

Confession

Praise God for His conviction!

Conviction from God lets us know that He is actively working in our lives. It shows us that He cares and does indeed want to transform our lives from the inside out.

“Choose you this day whom ye will serve”(Joshua 24:15, KJV)

This piece of scripture kept coming to my mind.

I saw it everywhere on Facebook posts, a sermon, signs, and radio. It is something we have all heard and quoted a few times. One night around 2 or so, I awoke from sleep, sat straight up in the bed and quoted it. It was weighing on me but I did not understand why.

I would say I knew the scripture well but did I really?

Last night as I was going over the Sunday school lesson I felt strong conviction from God.

Our lesson was on Nehemiah 5:1-13. We’ve been in Nehemiah for several weeks now just working our way through the book.

Last week we discussed how they faced opposition from the outside as they worked to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. (Nehemiah 4, KJV) This week in chapter five we learn that they faced opposition from the inside. The Jews were taking advantage of their poorer brothers and sisters.

It got me to thinking about the church. We do face opposition from the outside and we team together to fight against the threat. But we also face opposition on the inside with each other. Division starts and the willingness to admit and repent is the farthest thing from our minds. The ungodly actions grow and the gossip spreads. And forgiveness is just a word we no longer allow in.

This is my confession!

I am guilty of causing division.

We cannot separate who we are from what we do.

Who am I?

I am a child of the One True King.

I am a daughter of the Most High God.

I am forgiven.

I am redeemed.

And I should be transformed.

What does it mean for me to separate who I am from what I do?

  • If I tell others how much I love them on Sunday but talk badly about another on Monday, I am separating who I am from what I do.
  • If I know someone is in need but don’t help them, I am separating who I am from what I do.

I have been upset with someone for doing something to me that I have actually done to someone else at one time.

I have seen a need and looked away and my excuse was I only have 20 dollars left until payday. But I’ll spend it on a honey bun and Pepsi a few days later.

I’ve been looking out for myself instead of others.

Conviction is a wonderful thing.

We should be able to confess and repent to one another. We should be able to forgive.

Who am I?

I am a child of the One True King – then act like it

I am a daughter of the Most High God – then act like it

I am forgiven – then act like it

I am redeemed – then act like it

Be transformed.

Conclusion

Where do I go from here?

  • Admit and repent
  • Ask for forgiveness
  • Be intentional – “Choose you this day whom ye will serve”
  • Never cause division among others
  • Esteem others higher than myself – serve
  • There is joy in knowing the Lord Jesus Christ!
Encouragement, God’s plan

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1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on earth.

3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4, KJV)

C-enter

We all have something at the center. Something that every aspect of our lives revolves around. We build our lives around something.

Think about it for a minute. What is our life built around?

Some build around career and wealth. They need to maintain success and keep a certain image in society. They look good from the outside but are miserable on the inside.

Some build around pleasure. They accumulate martial things. They get a thrill from every purchase but it doesn’t last and continue to seek the next item.

Some build around other people. They strive to be popular. They surround themselves with as many people as possible. If you know everybody then your somebody, right? The answer is no because they will still feel alone.

We must build our lives around Christ. Christ is the only thing that will fill the void.

Christ is all and in all (Colossians 3:11b, KJV)

You have everything you need if you have been saved by God’s grace. Putting Him in the center of our lives and building on that is the key to success. Listen, my friend, you are somebody to Christ. He came to this earth and shed His blood for YOU. Did you know that if you were the only one on this planet that was going to accept Him into your heart and He already knew that, He would have still come and died for just YOU.

When the pain, disappointment, grief, burdens, and storms of life come, we need our lives built around Christ. He is steadfast, unmovable, never-changing, and knows exactly what you need and when you need it.

H-ope

What do we place our hope in?

Maybe, we place our hope in the government officials. We think the new president will turn this country around.

Maybe, we place our hope in education, doctors or scientific achievements. They will figure out how to fix us, correct this fallen world, and make us live longer.

No, darling, they can’t!

Christ is our hope. Our only hope. (1 Timothy 1:1b)

Jesus Christ is the only hope for this world, the church, and us. He can lift up the depressed, burdened, sick, lonely, and the tempted. He can give us eternal life with Him in heaven, a place with no more burdens, pain, and tears.

To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which Christ in you, the hope of glory: (Colossians 1:27, KJV)

R-edeemer

What can bring us redemption?

Can money buy us salvation? How about houses, land, and expensive items, can those redeem our soul? No, because the price has already been paid by the blood of Christ.

By His death on the cross, Jesus Christ redeemed those who repent and believe in Him.

18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. 1 Peter 1:18-21, KJV)

I-nstructor

I will instruct thee and teach thee…(Psalm 32:8, KJV)

To receive knowledge and an education we must work, study, apply ourselves, use the textbooks, and listen to the teacher.

Christ is the Heavenly Instructor. We must read the Bible, study, listen to the teacher (the Lord) and apply it to our lives.

S-trength

We need strength in today’s world. We either just came out of a trial, are going through a trial, or getting ready to start a trial. We are under constant threat of sickness, fires, shootings, and strife. Trouble and turmoil surround us.

David said, “The Lord is the strength of my life”. (Psalm 27:1, KJV)

Christ gives strength. He is bigger than all our troubles. He has power and is able to show it in every situation.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:13, KJV)

T-rust

What do we honestly put our trust in? Often we trust in uncertain riches, achievements, other people, and ourselves.

We must commit our way unto the Lord and trust also in Him. (Psalm 37:5, KJV)

Others will fail us. We will fail ourselves. But Christ never fails. The power of God is a mighty thing.

Application

To make Christ our life…

  • We must build our lives with Him at the center.
  • We must place our hope in him and nothing of the world.
  • We must recognize Him as our Redeemer.
  • We must turn to Him for strength.
  • We must trust in Him and His ways and lean not on our understanding.

Are we doing these? Maybe, there are one or two areas of our life that don’t match up. Listen to the Holy Spirit because He will guide us if we allow it.

Remember, if you have found your joy in Jesus, share it!