I noticed blogs stroking the ego and positive blogs have much greater success than blogs which are introspective and critical of societal anti-Jesus’-way behaviors. Perhaps the latter are seen as judgmental or worse, condemning or strike a nerve of those wrestling with sin and feeling pretty bad about that. People want to feel good rather than be truly wise and want growth and improvement in the kingdom of God. And this used to tick me off because the Christians it was meant for were too much like the world we are supposed to be alien to. But I thought about this, the Lord popped into my head the following verse: (2 Timothy 4:2.) “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”
People want to hear good stuff, which is why we need to share the Word of God to everyone. Time is short and is certainly shorter today than yesterday. We need to strive for improvement and do a good job loving on people. Most of the time that is positive but sometimes correction is in order and we must be as encouraged and thankful for that than the good stuff. We need both to grow and be healthy b in our relationship with the Lord and others. ❤
I grew up in Michigan and loved carpet because it was warmer than hard floor. There was a softness and cushion (ours was worn out but you could imagine it there and see it when furniture was moved lol). To me, it was warm and beautiful and cozy. In Florida now, where carpet is hard to come by, it is also now thought of as super ugly. Because it stains, can hold smells, holds dirt that cannot be retrieved by normal vacuuming, and holds heat.
Of course I was thinking about this and realize that those things about carpet that make it ugly are also in our brains. Yes, I am weird, let’s move on and hear me out. Our brains are collectors. We collect memories- good and bad- we hold them with their stains and dirt and smells. We have a trap door for all the garbage we put in there. And we vacuum to tidy up a bit but that pesky dirt is still there. When we get really convicted, we ask God for a thorough cleaning to get all the dirt out we cannot reach, and by His grace He removes it “as far as the east is from the west.” Them we let the rabble in again to put more dirt back in- filling our brains with more distractions and worldly lusts (maybe even porn), entertainment that glorifies humanity or demons rather than God, bad scenes, arguing and bickering, video games that glorify self or evil, social media that is narcissiatic, glorifying self. And all the while God longs to thoroughly clean us and keep us clean so we can spend time with Him and enjoy freedom and peace and joy and all the fruits of His Spirit and be beautiful again eternally.❤
The church is being hammered. It has become quite often corrupted and polluted and mixed with other views than the Bible or with other emphasis than praise and worship of and service to and for God through Jesus Christ our Savior/Messiah and Redeemer. But this was our fault, not the enemy who wished it to become so. It is we who have allowed and encouraged this church problem. And as such, it is we who can fix it. How? Every Christian who humbles themselves and prays and fasts in earnest and confesses their part in it and repents from continuing down that road and starts to praise and worship our triune God and serves Him directly in the church or to people for Him, changes everything. That is all we have to do. We each do our part right where we are and encourage others who are and bam!! The Holy Spirit is allowed to flow and work in and through us and revival is here. People are waiting for someone else to do all the work. God detests this pampered laziness, I am convinced of it. I am pretty tired of it too. Put down the idols (every time else you have devoted your precious spiritual (and often physical) time and energy to except for God) and change. It is a choice. Free will is powerful, which is why God gave it to us. Just decide to change and humbly pray and do it. Get reading the Bible, pray all day long, praise and worship God, love Him and people. Just do it. Revival is our choice. It is my choice. I accept and own it.❤
Most people I know are broken. Most often you don’t see their brokenness until they are humble enough or comfortable enough to show it in front of you or just can’t help but show it because of the depth of that brokenness. The few unbroken are in denial/lies, ignorant of their brokenness or about to be broken. So brokenness is a truth of humanity. This is due to the pride sin we inherited from the first prideful sin in the garden. But I digress. Blame is stupid and unproductive. It remains that people are broken.
Now, as a healer (someone who basically cares about the broken and has faith that God can heal them), I help heal the broken. How is that when I myself am also human and therefore also broken? The answer is the faith thing. The answer is always God. I cannot heal a person, even as a doctor, unless that person humbly admits there is a problem and believes there is help available to them. Humility has to be present and a humble prayer to God to step in and heal. Then healing starts. It is rarely if ever immediate. Healing starts. God does this to not overwhelm us and form a careful scar that is helpful and not dead. And how do we develop humility in people to start this? Prayer and loving on the person. It is a process, a relationship. This is God’s plan. A community that helps each other and cares for each other in worship to Him. Until restoration happens in heaven, we all have to be broken together and share love and knowledge that humble prayer promotes God’s healing useful, beautiful scars. It is the only way it works beautifully like that. Love plus humble prayer in faith.❤
I am testifying to the greatness of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He just healed me.
I had lifted something wrong, ripping my right shoulder muscle and it had knotted up. I kept using it for days and it kept getting worse until this morning the pain would not allow me to use my right arm at all. So, as I am fasting today, I decided to pray for my healing. And I did so. And immediately after my prayer, my shoulder was healed and back to normal, no pain, no knot. I give all glory to God. He healed this little girl of His, the lowliest of His children. He bent His ear to hear me and helped and healed little me.
Praise God for being mighty to save! Praise Him, everyone! God only is worthy of all praise and worship! Blessed be the nme of the Lord! May His will be done in all the earth!❤❤❤
I understand that missing people is selfish. I get that. I also get that grieving is a process of letting go of that person’s present influence in your life and needs to complete its journey before it lets you go. My daddy has been in heaven two years now and I still miss him and still grieve. And my two friends died at the same time, one from this world and one rejected me and left my life completely. Three losses at once and one was my precious daddy. Also, I had some bad decisions still on my conscience and had discovered a porn addiction in my husband so felt very alone and isolated and ugly. And I got very depressed for about a year and a half and have since been healed by Jesus. So when I say that God heals, I know this to be true personally. It starts with a hope that it doesn’t always have to be like that, that it can change. Then that hope fans into exploration, what can be done? Then for me it was a search for truth in the Bible, then prayer and then a relationship with God through Jesus. Then He healed me. And He strengthened me so much I can fast once a week and look forward to it to grow closer to Him. And He helped me lose 48 pounds (just 2 pounds from my goal) and have tons of energy to serve and work and make music.
So have a little hope and then do something to search out truth, only found in God. He can heal you like He healed me. He healed me from everything, even things from my past I did not realize were still hurting me. God is so loving and beautiful and really loves you and me and wants us healthy and happy. He really does. Feed that little hope and read some precious truth from the Bible and pray. Healing is just after that, yours for the asking and a little internal effort. Worth it.❤
So now I have lost 33 of my goal of 50 pounds (it is amazing how I did not feel so overweight at the time except for my low energy). But even not at my goal weight, still 17 pounds left, 33 is a lot of weight. It is 3 sizes down. And all in a short amount of time, three months. And did you know that one person of many I see every week noticed at church and said “Looks like you’re losing weight.” And yesterday, a friend I hadn’t seen in a while gave me all kinds of encouragement. She was not a Christian, though I am praying for her and am working on that.
Thr point is, when did encouragement fall by a Christian’s wayside? Are we not in a body of Christ to edify Christ and encourage and strengthen each other? Why do we not do our jobs?
So, I started this encouragement agenda for myself. I would keep encouraging and do so even more openly. Not flattery, hate that, but a strengthening truth when it is due or needed. I will be the first around me to encourage believers. Maybe it will catch on and someone will get it and get out of their own selfishness. The church is not “What have you done for me lately?” The church should say, “What can I do for Jesus and encourage my brothers and sisters in Christ.” The real church loves people to Jesus and loves each other, including encouragement.❤