A message for the sinners

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Who told you that you had to be perfect in order to be a Christian? The reason why I ask this is because more and more I come across individuals that say “I would do this but I know that I’m not living the way that I’m supposed to.” and I for one was one of them I was even told by a friend that I might as well not try to rededicate my life to God because I was living in sin.

This message is not for those pious, perfect saints who never sin and live devout lives. This message is for the addicts, the sinners, the liars, the schemers, the drunkards and the whores.

God loves you so much and he can use you too! Noah was a drunk, David was an adulterer Mary Magdalene was a Prostitute. God put them to use! Paul used to kill Christians! He was a murderer and found God and ended up being the most influential convert and servant of Jesus and was responsible for writing 13 of the 27 books in the New Testament.

Don’t let anyone whether they are Christian or atheist tell you that you can’t serve and love God.

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest on me. 10That is why, for the sake of Christ, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.…

You don’t go to the emergency room when you are in perfect health; do you?

You go when you are at the brink of death.   “No temptation[a] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted[b] beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, [c] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 1st Corinthians 10:13

Stop watching people! Stop caring what they think, what the church members thinks, what your friends and family thinks. Stop putting your faith in man! You will always be disappointed. Build your relationship with God because that’s what he desires more than anything is for you to seek him.

…12What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost? 13And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he rejoices more over that one sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. 14In the same way, your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.…Matthew 18:12

Don’t let fear and shame stop you from going to your father and carrying everything to him. Just talk to him, rest assured you will feel his presence in your life if you just try to reach out to him. God will meet you just where you are, you take one step to him and he will take 99 steps to you.

There is a big difference between a person that is trying to do right and a Luke warm Christian.  A lukewarm Christian is someone who is happily practicing sin and has no desire to change but if you know you are doing some things that you should not be doing, ask for forgiveness ask for strength, and try. He never once said he wants you to be perfect but is word says “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” James 4:7

Say this prayer with me

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for your grace and mercy.  You are worthy of all the glory, honor, and praise.  I know it may have been a while since I have spoken to you, but I come to you today because I feel tempted by ___________. I ask you to forgive me and help me to resist temptation. Please order my steps and reveal the purpose you have for me. Help me to serve you. Let your presence be known in my life. In Jesus name Amen

And it is so!

-Somebody ought to tell the lord thank you!!!!!!

Cici

Count it all joy

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Jesus said “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:11

As Christians we have to always be cautious when we address criticism and critique from non- believers.  I know first-hand how easy it is to become defensive and hurt when you hear and see others challenge and insult your belief system.  If you truly believe what the word says there is no reason to feel discouraged.

When Peter and his disciples entered Jerusalem to evangelize after the persecution of Jesus they were not only insulted but thrown and jail and flogged. Not only did they receive verbal insults but they suffered physical torture all because they believed in Jesus Christ as our lord and savior. Instead of reacting to this persecution they did something very different than what was expected. “Then the apostles left Sanhedrin REJOICING because they had had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the name” Acts we get upset when people partake in cyber bullying and sarcasm.

When I read that verse I stopped dead in my tracks and asked God that I always think of any persecution that befalls me in that way. People that have the most to say about Christians are oftentimes confused or curious about our belief system. This is the reason why apologetics is so important because your reaction may be the difference between winning another person over for Christ or encouraging and enforcing stereotypes or otherwise taking part in arguments that are not only counterproductive but a misrepresentation of Christ and exactly the opposite of what you are supposed to do.

Christian persecution is not something that happened a long time ago and is no longer going on; Currently in 2016 there are Christians in North Korea, Iraq, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and all over the world that are being beaten and killed all because they believe in Christ as our lord and savior.  I could only imagine if I had half the courage and strength that these people have. To praise and worship and serve God to the very death. To worship and revere him no matter the consequences.

I charge you men and women of God to never get into another argument about your faith no matter if you are on social media or with the people in your own household. I challenge you to submerge yourself in your belief, to seek the truth in all things and to find the answer to questions that may be asked of you so that you follow your word. Its written “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” 1st Peter 3:15 now go be fishers of men!

Somebody ought to give him thanks.

~cici

Forgiveness Reloaded

 

Forgiveness

Yes we have spoken on this topic before but I felt the need to come back and speak on it again

From a different standpoint. Let’s talk about forgiving those people that hurt you that don’t know or don’t care enough to apologize, let’s speak on the hurt and pain of betrayal. Even Jesus felt hurt from his closest of friends Judas betrayed him with a kiss.

So how do we deal with individuals that hurt us?

The first step is to have compassion for that person. Yes in order to move forward from the hurt and disappointment you must try to see life from their perspective. What motivates people to do the things they do. It’s safe to say the people that hurt you the most are suffering from some type of internal battle; as the saying goes: Hurt people, Hurt people.

Once you begin to see that individuals are fighting their own struggle the next step would be to remember how truly blessed and favored you are by God.  Sometimes the person that hurts you may just feel inadequate or want something you have. Even if it is simply internal peace. You may not think you have much but sit back and really think about where you came from.  Often times, we start to internalize the hurt and pain we might feel from other people and it distracts us, we go over in our heads how we can get back at them, not speaking to them or how to hurt them back (the hurt cycle continues).

 

I too have been caught up in the throes of unforgiveness, waiting on apologies I will never receive, preparing on what I would say or do at our next encounter. That sinking feeling in your chest. Waking up with ill feelings instead of thanking or father for another day. I had to recognize that at the very least this is an attack from the enemy. This distraction will not only block your blessings, but consume your time and energy where it could be put to better use. Mark 11:25 ”

Here’s another valid point; how many times have you hurt others both intentionally and unintentionally. And how many times have you done things you weren’t proud of.  How many times have we asked for forgiveness for the things we have done to our heavenly father. “Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgiveness the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not say angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.” Micah 7:18-19

Even still we are forgiven time and time again. And when you stand praying if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them so that your Father in heaven may forgive your sins” It feels so much better to just let the pain go and allow God to handle each situation. Remember to stay on task and keep moving forward no matter what. You cannot put a price on peace of mind so do yourself a favor and let go of that pain and hurt.

Your heart will thank you for it.

Somebody ought to tell him thanks

-Cici