From a family that jokes a lot and teases and cajoles, I was once like that with my words. It seemed funny. It got a lot of laughs. But I recently repented of that and used my humor in a different way. Why? All harmless fun, right? I underestimated the power of words, they are so over-under and over-spoken that it is easy to become careless to their power. It struck me as I was reading my Bible how few words were spoken. How often there was silence as a reply. How very powerful and full of meaning and purpose those words were when spoken. Any joking, teasing, kidding where another person or yourself is berated is not in line with “let your yes be yes and no be no; anything more than yes or no is of the devil” or “speak only with words that edify each other”. I realized I needed a word adjustment. People are precious and valuable to God and He wants us to help each other on every level in worship to Him. We should not say anything to another person we would not say to Him. That is my new goal. I will serious up a bit with my words and put that energy into truthful encouragement. Of course, I have to talk, but I will talk gooder. Lol I will retrain myself to only edify, encourage with truth. Looking forward to the challenge of becoming habitual at it. 🙂 ❤
I am unlinked, off the grid, off tech except for this blog here. How did I accomplish all that? I deleted all my accounts other than this blog. I am off facebook, twitter, linkedin, Google plus, etc. Why? I was intensely into anti-social/socialist media, addicted even, but realized how much distraction that was and how much of my time it took up and that it glorified me, like standing on stage and telling everyone what was going on in my life, as if that has eternal importance. I realized it was keeping me from obeying God and lifting Him up. I am just a little girl and He is the God of everything who lovingly made us all. My role is to lift Him up. The less I am connected, the fewer the distractions and self-glorification and the more time to serve and love people and God and lift Him up. Everyone has a different cross to bear, or something to give up in my case, and I certainly do not want to be caught doing something I should not be doing. I want Jesus to catch me doing something good for Him. If He is coming unexpectedly anytime or years from now, I want to always be ready. It is a strong motivation. Eternity is a very long time and I love Jesus so much I really want to be with Him, serving Him for it. I think/hope we all want that. The way is light, just humbly let go and pray for God’s help and guidance and obey as you are led. We are all different and have different purposes and tasks for obedience and service for God. I am just doing my part. We all have a part to do. Praise God! May we always be in prayer about what ours is! ❤
There is a time for everything, everything has its own time and season. The trick is figuring out what is the right time for which. It helps to have obstacles and distractions out of the way first. Then you pray a whole lot. And just start doing something you feel tugged to do and wait. If you are doing God’s will, He gives you peace and joy and the world attacks you because the enemy knows you are obeying God and hates that. So do not interpret resistance as God telling you no but gage your peace quotient and if you are really staying humble and happy serving, helping people and have peace, even if attacked outwardly, you are doing exactly what you should be. For God delights in our humble obedience and our persistent drawing close to Him. It is beautiful. And His blessings far outweigh momentary comforts the world offers with lies and deceit of all flavors. Do not be fooled. Do what is right and rebuke/force the rest out of your life with the great authority God provides you through Jesus’ name. When God has your back forever, what else really matters? ❤
Where there is a human being on this planet in this condition, there is a heart within that person struggling against impurity. It can be subtle like thinking too much of household upkeep to as damaging as harboring hate to commit a crime against another or self and any possible scenario between. Most of the time an excess of pride and thus selfish thinking, considering one’s self way too highly, is the greatest purity harmed because things are justified such as wanting someone else’s things or looking at things we should not or pampering yourself with monies allocated for missions or whatever. And we get here to the point. Jesus Christ is catching away the true, pure of heart Christians on this planet probably pretty soon here. There will be a catching up and we will be removed from this planet so we don’t have to go through the horrors of the tribulation. Those Christians impure of heart or lukewarm or lazy in their walk or relationship with Jesus Christ will have to go through the horrible tribulation to purify themselves and prove they choose God. I do not want that and certainly don’t want hell in my eternal future, so I want a pure heart and passionate walk and relationship with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I sure bet you do to. So how do we do that? From my viewpoint, deprivation and humility, constant prayer with fastinh, Bible reading, and loving/serving people in your path every time you meet them. That is it. I say “deprivation” because that is how rich Americans would see letting go of luxuries that distract such as idols, money, fancy things, salon and spa appointments, social media and tech, most movies and tv shows, most news, porn, drugs, alcohol, whatever distracts and has been more time consuming and attention enrapturing than God and worshipping Him and your relationship with Him. The Bible is truth. Everything written in it is truth. It has happened or will happen. We must be pure and strong in faith and action and purity of heart and encourage others to be also. I really want everyone saved and so does God in His great love and grace! Praise God! Fall back in love with Him or just deepen your love for Him and throw distractions away. Be ready with me, might be today or in a few years but I have a saying on my fridge: “Jesus is coming for me today… unless He doesn’t.” It is better today day be safe than sorry when the stakes are so high. And God is so amazing and worthy and loving Him as He loves us is so wonderful! You can not go wrong.
I admit humbly that I was convicted tonight. I watched a youtube video of Heartdwellers on the rapture and was convicted by the Holy Spirit to quit being on social media and just obey, fast and pray. I have been on Twitter a lot tweeting Bible verses, my blog, and encouraging quotes. That few hear. A lot of time is wasted that I could be spending more learn g time with my kids or serving with them or volunteering more with Viste (helping elderly in need) or take my kids to play with kids at the orphanage in town or serve food at the homeless shelter or something. I thought I was doing this great mission thing but end up only heard by those who agree and not ministering at all so I will obey and get off all social media. My mom just did a piano concert at an assisted living facility and I would like to do that too. And I have a family to care for and house that needs a sprung cleaning. So there it is. I will keep blogging because I have beautiful regular readers to share life with, some feel like family but I will delete all other social media accounts. That may not be what everyone else needs to do but I have to obey what God wants me to do. I have been like my daughter when I tell her to get ready for bed and accounts he draws me a beautiful picture and I say, “This is beautiful but I would rather you just obeyed.” And it feels like God said the same to me. And I so want to be ready when He comes back soon. I want my family ready and as many people as I can help be ready as possible. And tomorrow so the big deletion day and I will be off and running with sweet sweet obedience as my goal and love my engine and peace and joy my strength.
There is salvation from our sins through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Savior/Messiah. That happens when we humble our spirits and pray that we have messed up and accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior. Bam, we are saved. We then live our lives for God, thinking and acting for His good and helping who we can be saved or encouraged or helped. We worship by our obedience, humbleness, prayer, Bible study, service. This is who we are and we have immediately the development of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in our life (love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control) as well as love, hope of eternity with Him now and in Heaven, and faith. And God helps us. It is really this simple.
Sometimes, we screw up again. And maybe it is something we like and/or think we want or need at the time, but it is not right, things we would not do if God were standing right there. Well, once we realize God is always standing right there because duh, He is God, and that He is holy, we all of a sudden realize that we need Him to save us again from this patch of mess we are in. And will He save us again? YES! The way is the same. Humbly admit you screwed up and ask His forgiveness in prayer and atop doing it. Become involved in His work again and worship Him. God is forgiving and faithful to His Word in the Bible and so very good and loving. Yes, holy too, so we need Jesus to save us and wash us clean. So don’t give up and don’t believe the lies the enemy tells that it is ok to keep sinning or to go ahead because God doesn’t care or He won’t save you because you go back to it. God is very forgiving. Humbly pray and ask Him for help and stop messing up. God does care and loves you and wants you to be saved. Out loud, say it all to God. But humbly do it. God is amazing and will help. And we all need His help and are empty down deep without that connection to Him. He did lovingly make us all after all. Get back to Him right now. 🙂
God made us all. He loves us regardless of everything, unconditionally because we bear His mark, we house His fingerprints and breath, we are made in His image and can reason and think for ourselves. We speak and sing, the only created beings besides the angels who can. Animals make noises, fish make waves, nothing else can do what we can with our communication and creative minds. So we are loved because of God. He cost to love us despite how repeatedly naughty and ugly we are to ourselves and other people and even (gasp) Him. He loves us anyway. So we must understand that we are important. But. And this is a very big but. We are not it. We are not the biggest and brightest and best thing out there. You see, God is enormous but He is more than a loving Creator, He is old. By that I mean HE IS. By His own description of Himself, He has always been, is now, and always will be. He has been around since before we were thought of, and by “we” I mean earth and everything in it. He also, in addition to having seen and experienced everything we have even heard of and whatever else happened before we came on the scene, He knows everything. He knows and sees everything. He is Spirit and can be everywhere at once, sees all, knows all. God is never ever ever ever surprised. He might be mad at choices we make but oh how He loves the worship of purposeful Obedience! He is not flattered by praise for He knows good and we’ll who He is, but He is impressed with faith and happy when we turn our thoughts and face to Him. Back to the love thing on why that is. But He has plans in place since He knew some created (and that is very important) angels turned on Him by making a prideful and very bad decision with their free choice. The plan was set then as to how He would save as many as possible before the world had to be rebuilt and Satan And his followers be destroyed forever. He wants us saved. Jesus Christ, God’s Son, is who this salvation is through for He paid our debt of disobedience and pride against Him to make us right. So whoever accepts Jesus’ death and resurrection as their means of holiness (for God is also holy), they are saved. That is the plan. When testing is over to be sure we mean it and to build our potential, He will come get us and hit restart on the earth and evil will be destroyed forever. That is the plan. He has already won. It is happening now. He gave us the Bible so it would not be a secret. So know and remember the plan, live the plan, love the plan. Be saved and save as many as you can for the time for all that is short. Get right and get a friend right and gear up to go. God is in control. Never doubt that or fear. It is all part of the plan. Praise God!! 🙂