Loving Others

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I heard a really good sermon last night on love. It was a reminder of how we should love our neighbor, how we should love ourselves, and how if we loved our neighbor we would care where they ended up when they died. Truly it was a wonderful reminder to witness to others and to bring your friends and loved ones to church and let God permeate their hearts. I appreciated the sermon and I needed it.

This sermon also reminded me of how Jesus showed love to those in scripture and how we can use that example in the way we approach others. What I find interesting, is when Jesus approached sinners (such as the women at the well, the woman caught in adultery) He did it with compassion and truth. He told the women at the well that he possessed “living water” which if she drank it she would never thirst again. Then He told her to get her husband of which she said she didn’t have a husband. He then told her the truth of her life – He knew she had five husbands and the one she was with wasn’t her husband – Read John 4  for the full story.

What I want to point out here is Jesus first gave this woman respect even though in this time in history, Jews didn’t speak to the Samaritans. They were considered unclean. They were part Jew and part Gentile. In fact, in those days a Jew would take the long way around so as not to even step foot in Samaria. Yet, here is our Savior, God’s son, a Jew talking with a Samaritan woman and giving her respect.

Second, Jesus witnessed to the woman of who He was and what He was there to offer her. He was there to offer her “living water” that only He could provide. He was there to offer her eternal life. He didn’t care who she was or where she was from – He loved her just for who she was right then and where she was spiritually. He knew the only way to change the heart is through Himself. He offered her LIFE!

Lastly, He exposed her sin. When He asked her to go get her husband and she said she didn’t have one. He told her she had five husbands and the one she was currently with wasn’t her husband. He didn’t beat around the bush – He exposed her sin. We, as Christians, must understand that the exposure of sin is not a hateful act. It is an act of love. HOWEVER, we aren’t very good judges of this practice but what we are is equipped with God’s word to show the unsaved how they are lost, why they are lost, and that they are in need of a Savior – Romans road is a wonderful way to lead an unsaved person to Christ. We are not only made to share this but it is every Christian’s calling to share the good news! We expose sin, like Jesus did, using His Word.

Please join me in Part 2 when we look at how Jesus loved those who should have known who He was. Those who professed to know who God was, yet treated others unlovingly.

Till then….

Shine Your Light and Be Silent

Be silent — be still.

That is what I’m hearing from the Lord now. Anyone who truly knows me knows how I am about being silent when I feel like “I” need to say something or “I” need to make something better. However, there are things in our lives that do not get better when we get involved.

This video has spoken volumes to me today. I hope that if God has told you to be silent and you just don’t understand why….this video will give you the answer you are seeking. It sure helped me!

Learning in the Valley

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I felt like giving up today. Just giving up on Ministry. I was convinced that I’m not cut out for this kind of work of the Lord. I can plan things and I love watching lives change because of something we decided to do. But today….satan has been really attacking and I’m feeling VERY unqualified.

The truth is, I am unqualified. If it was not for the Lord I would never be able to do anything and especially not ministry. So I sit here trying to take my own advise and figure out exactly what I’m suppose to learn about this experience. What does God want me to “get” out of this valley moment (and yes Satan….it is a moment….I’ve won already!).

1.) Everyone should have a voice and everyone matters. However, the ONLY voice I should be listening to is God’s voice.

Matthew 6:33. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

2.) Pray before you do ANYTHING. I can look back at the times I’ve sought the Lord’s leading and those times when I did not. The times I prayed worked out SO MUCH better.

Jeremiah 33:3. Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

3.) Even the most seasoned Christian can make mistakes – choose the wrong way and hurt others unintentionally. Conversely, the milk drinking Christian can give some of the best advice. It ain’t about us….its about Jesus and listening when He speaks no matter who He speaks through.

Ephesians 2:10. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Bottom line friends, I need to get my happy self back into the word, praying, fasting, and seeking the Lord in all I do. I need to be compassionate to others and really listen to their concerns but at the end of the day, my decisions need to be based on the Lord’s word and His leading — even when its hard and even when I feel like giving up.

Pray for me. Love y’all.

 

He Hath Shewed thee, O Man, what is Good…

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First, I want to apologize for not being here as frequently as I usually am. I started a new job this week and trying to get back in the swing of things after being on unemployment has been a little harder than expected. However, I decided the only way we have time is to make time for God. Our flesh will always find an excuse while our spirit is crying out for time with our God. So I prayed for direction, ignored the flesh to try and get one more thing done that can wait, and here I am and SO GLAD to be here with y’all again.

For the past week, on and off, I have been meditating on a passage of scripture I’m sure many of you are familiar with:

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?  Micah 6:8

I have been thinking about what this means and do I do this. Let’s break it down.

Do justly – The best way I know how to describe how justly is used in the scripture is to use other scriptures as a definition. Romans 13:7 says, “Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to who custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.” Colossians 4:1 says, “Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.”

Love mercy – Love in this scripture is the Hebrew word ahabah; its the affectionate love that God has for His people. Mercy means kindness, goodness, and faithfulness. We should love these things like God loves His children. When I think of the word ahabah, I think about the kind of love I have for my daughter. When I just want to grab her up and just squeeze her so tight and kiss her all over her face. That kind of love that always wants to hold on tight. We should hold tight to kindness, goodness, and faithfulness. We should always want to extend these to others even in those moments when it feels like they don’t deserve it – ESPECIALLY in those moments.

Walk humbly with thy God – I read scripture after scripture in regards to humility and the best explanation I found on what this means is from the Nelson KJV Commentary. It says, “…to walk humbly with thy God necessitates having a right attitude toward God and a determination to walk in continuous fellowship with Him. This verse once again puts things in proper perspective; for the external, outward dimension is inextricably tied to the internal.” In other words, what is in our heart is what will show on the outside. We need to remember He is God and we are not. The Israelites needed to be reminded of that even though they knew it in times past. We need to be reminded to allow God to lead our lives, to repent when needed, and to walk HUMBLY with our God.

I’m so glad I had a chance to spend some time with this verse and share it with you. It is chocked full of good stuff! To be honest, it can’t get any easier. Do right by others, treat others with kindness and be faithful to your word and more importantly to God, and allow God to lead you and keep a right attitude toward Him.

Love y’all. Please keep me in your prayers as I navigate my way through this new job and pray I will always make time for God and His word – and of course for y’all as well!

 

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We are the Light of the World

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I am very hesitant in writing this post. Mainly because it is what I’ve been seeing on social media and other blogs and I don’t want anyone to think I’m pointing them out BUT I can not let this go. Mainly because I promised myself that if God gave the subject I would talk about it. After all, this blog is about being real isn’t it?

I usually (I don’t want to say always because there may come a day I forget to) pray before I post because I want what I post to be anointed by God and not to be just me. So if I’ve posted this it is because it has flowed freely and wasn’t incredibly hard to write; but I digress.

I have seen and heard so much about, “I don’t go to church because of the hypocritical, “so called” Christian people that attend,” or I hear, “I am tired of them judging others when the Bible says not to judge,” or my favorite, “Church people act like they are better than everyone else and I don’t have time for that.”  I’ll give you this much, you may be right in some instances but to group everyone in one category simply based on your perspective is not only wrong, but makes you just as bad.

Do I think there are hypocrites in churches – yep. Do I think there are judgmental people in churches – yep. Do I think that some Christians act like they are better than anyone else – yep. Do I think this is a reason to stay home on a Sunday and not find a body of believers to worship with…..ABSOLUTELY NOT!

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Hebrews 10:23-25

If you are concerned about the hypocrite thing – I suggest we look at ourselves and judge ourselves based on the word of God. Are we hypocrites? Do we do hypocritical things? If so, are we not hypocrites ourselves when we point out other’s hypocritical ways? I think the best thing to do is the following:

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
Philippians 2:12-15

Let’s talk about the judging thing. This is always a very touchy subject. Are we as Christians suppose to judge others? To be honest, I understand the way we are to use judgement but explaining it is difficult. I got this from gotquestions.org and it explains it pretty well. You can look up the scripture they provide.

Believers are warned against judging others unfairly or unrighteously, but Jesus commends “right judgment” (John 7:24, ESV). We are to be discerning (Colossians 1:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:21). We are to preach the whole counsel of God, including the Bible’s teaching on sin (Acts 20:27; 2 Timothy 4:2). We are to gently confront erring brothers or sisters in Christ (Galatians 6:1). We are to practice church discipline (Matthew 18:15–17). We are to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). 

https://www.gotquestions.org/do-not-judge.html

Bottom line – we are to call sin if it’s sin in the Bible. We aren’t to say sin is okay so that we seem tolerant. However, you can’t expect an unsaved person to act as if they are saved.  This is our opportunity to be the light in their dark world. This is our chance to love them in a way that is different from the world. I don’t care if they are gay, straight, bi-sexual, drug addict, adulterer…it doesn’t matter. We are called to love them and be a light. Period.

So what do we do when another Christian tells us we are judging when we call out sin? Send them to the source – scripture. Let God fight those battles.

Now what about the idea that “church people” act as if they are better than everyone else. There is some truth to this statement; “church people” do act like they are better but CHRIST followers should not! How did Christ live? How did he treat the sinner? How did he treat the woman caught in the act of adultery when they wanted to stone her? He reminded her accusers of their own sin and told them that if they were without sin to go ahead and cast the stone at her. They all put their stones down and left. THEN He told the woman to “go and sin no more.” Would church people do that or would church people had casted those stones just so they can “purify” their environment once again?

Be a Christ Follower.

I know this post seems a bit all over the place and I tried to tackle a lot of subjects at one time but after all the social media and blog posts I’ve been reading I just really felt led to tackle the main ones I’ve been seeing.

Finally, let me end with this – I’ve probably been guilty at one or two of these things. I’m no where near perfect; none of us are. That is why we need Jesus. I guess all I can end with is be true to the word of God as best you can, don’t judge others without discernment, and be a Christ follower. Be peculiar, love God, love people, and be the kind of Christian that attracts others to Jesus.

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