Am I a Christian? This is a common question that is often uncomfortable to ask and answer for many people.
This question is sometimes asked and answered negatively; however, there should be a simple answer for the believer.
The Christian faith gets a bad rap. Many people believe that the bible is imperfect and that it is “the white man’s religion.” Many people forget that Christianity is about love, forgiveness, and mercy. If you experience (or want to experience) any of these things perhaps you should take a deeper look into being a Christian.
A Christian is a follower of Christ. Let’s erase race. Let’s erase the connect of the Bible to history. On a fundamental level: Do you need forgiveness when you do the wrong thing? Do you want to experience love beyond boundaries? Do you want others to treat you kindly even when you may not deserve it? Do you want to be treated fairly? Do you have needs that need to be met?
If your answer is “yes” to any of those questions, then perhaps Christianity is for you. Many people say they are not Christian because they do not believe in a certain Church; however, the Bible says, “for even as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ.” (1 Corinthians 12:12)
What does this mean? It means, YOU are the Church because you are part of the body of Christ. There are many denomination, there are many different groups that worship together but at the end of the day those who believe in Christ are Christian, period.
I suppose a better question to ask is, “Do you believe in Jesus?”
Be bold and do not hesitate when answering this question. While the first question may be full of confusion, believing in Jesus is a simpler answer. Either you do, or you don’t. If you believe in Jesus, then you are Christian.
So I ask, “Do you believe in Jesus?”
Be Blessed, Kay H
In light of recent events involving police brutality against the black community, it is important to remember God’s mercy and compassion. God is truly the only person that can save our country at this time. It is equally important for the church to get involved and take a stance for justice, brotherly love, and forgiveness. Proverbs is full of wisdom that will attest to the presence the church should have and actions Christians should have with regards to prejudice against communities of individuals.
Often acts that are committed against others are spurned by feelings of hatred, jealously, and fear. When you live in these feelings you are led by an impure spirit and cannot focus on treating your neighbor as you would like to be treated. Proverbs 10:12 says, “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offense.”
It is hard to love someone when they have wronged you. It is hard to love others when your family members are shot in the street and there is no conviction. Yet, as Christians we must still extend love to our neighbors. We have to forgive them as God has forgiven us. All of our transgressions are wiped away because of our faith in God. This does not make it any easier to love those who tear down communities of people, but it should restore your soul to know that God will vindicate you for, “Evildoers do not understand what is right, but those who seek the LORD understand it fully.” Proverbs 28:5.
Those who do evil and get away with it will not prosper in the end! God always fights the battles of those who are righteous. Leviticus 19:15 says, “Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.” And Proverbs 21:15 reminds us that, “when justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.” Praise God for those two affirmations. We are not to stop justice from coming to fruition. Those who do wrong will be terrified by the justice that will be served.
This is the time to let God work. Pray over your family. Pray for the families of your neighbors. Call on God for healing and understanding. Call on God to give you compassion.
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Instead of seeking revenge we must turn away and respond in love, compassion, and understanding. As a follower of Christ we know our victory lies in heaven and no one can take that from us. We must remember to love our neighbor and uplift our communities. We must band together and with prayer we can overcome all oppression that is directed to the marginalized people groups.
Be Blessed, Kay H
Loss is an inevitable part of life. Losing a loved one, a job, a friend, a relationship. Everyone has a time and season in your life. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:”
It is often hard to bear the loss of someone you care about. When friendships end, it seems unbearable. When you lose your job, you may feel you are in despair. The key to dealing with loss is finding peace in God’s infinite wisdom. While it is hard to lose something, it is a blessing to have had it in the first place. We often forget to rejoice in the life and goodness that we are blessed with and that is what God wants.
Job is a great example on how we should respond to loss. The story of Job answers the question of “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?” Job was a man of God. God even explained how faithful Job was by stating “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” Job 1:8. God blessed Job immensely for his faith and Job was always protected by God; however, he faced his trials when God allowed satan to enter into his life. Satan destroyed Job’s livestock, servants and children. Job’s response to his loss is important with for dealing with any loss we experience. “At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. THEN he fell to the ground in WORSHIP and said: ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.’ In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.” Job 1:20-22.
So often we blame God and become angry with God when we experience loss. What if instead of being angry you found peace with God. We should try to remember how God has blessed us and given to us and he can certainly take away from us. We should remember that when we are blessed we should give thanks and when we are persecuted we should praise the Lord. God deserves praise through everything because he PROVIDES everything!
It is not easy to praise God when we lose our job, our family, or our friends, but it should be done. God makes no mistakes and although we experience pain from our loss. I have to constantly remember to lean on God through my pain as David did, “Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me” (Psalms 30:2). The pain I experience is temporary “weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning” (Psalms 30:5). How wonderful is our God that he knows we hurt and he heals us and restores our soul? Being thankful for loss is hard, but it is through this process that you lean closer to God and become more intimate with Him, so He can fill and restore your soul. Of course it is easier said than done, but challenge yourself to rest your pain in God’s arms. Allow Him to be your refuge.
God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.
Be Blessed, Kay H
To those of you who are grieving:
I know how it feels to be lost in a pit of despair.
I know how it feels to lose your faith.
I know how it feels to feel let down or to not understand how it could possibly be in Gods will for someone to lose their loved one.
Jesus said in The Beatitudes:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted”
All things work for his glory. The memory of our loved ones that we have lost are an ever present reminder that we have to do something in this life that is of substance to carry on their legacy.
I remember the summer of my freshman year in college. I was a student at Eastern Michigan University and went home to visit, but my mother and sister were in New York visiting with my aunt. I received a call from my mother and she told me that Jesus appeared to her and told her that he had come to take her to glory. I didn’t want to believe it, I asked her what did she say. She said she prayed and God told her a little more time.
That was summer of 2004 by January 2005 she was gone. My mother had stage 4 breast cancer.I still remember our last conversation. December 25, 2004 she told me she was tired. With tears in my eyes I didn’t want to believe her I asked; “What about the lives you said you wanted to save?” Her response was, “God will send someone else their way.” Up until this very moment I hadn’t realized that even then she was talking about me. Glory be to God! My mother’s death is still serving a purpose.
This moment is the most bitter sweet I have ever felt because though my heart is still sad for her, I am so glad that she knew Christ and that she served our Father. My mother taught her children the love of Christ, she not only spoke on his Grace but she exemplified it everywhere she went. She carried herself in a way that gave him glory. Because of what she instilled in me I am able to relate with you who have lost loved ones and uplift others. When she passed on she heard those beautiful words. The words I wish to hear one day “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
Somebody ought to tell him thanks!