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

Overcoming a Spiritual Attack

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We all have had those days, where it’s one thing after another. Murphy’s Law is everything that can go wrong will, right?

Wrong!

You just may be under a spiritual attack. The weapons of warfare are not carnal. “We do not battle against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers.” Ephesians 6:12. Here are some things you can do while you are under attack;

“Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil”

Read Gods word! Sometimes the answer that you need may be somewhere in scripture and often times he will lead you to the specific scripture that you need.

The book of Ephesians speaks many times on how to cover yourself from daily spiritual attack.

Stand firm with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, the breast plate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that come from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this take up the SHIELD OF FAITH with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one and take on the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit which is the word of
God.” Ephesians 6:10-17

Repent, sometimes you need to ask God to reveal to you any behavior past or present that would allow an open door to an attack. Sometimes a fast and consecration is in order just make sure that you only tell who it’s absolutely necessary to tell (fast in secret) so that you don’t receive your reward in full. What that means is that announcing that you are fasting can be a source of bragging or boasting. When you do that the whole purpose of the fast is taken away because God wants you to be humble.

One of my favorite defenses against a spiritual attack is complete and total praise. I cannot emphasize this to you enough; praise will bind, confuse and break the enemy. Your deliverance and healing is in your praise. When you praise God, you are focusing on him and letting it be known that you are not worried about a specific circumstance. You know that our heavenly father will get his glory out of it.

Many times we worry and stress ourselves out over things that God is already handling in the background. Jesus said “do not be anxious for tomorrow because tomorrow has enough anxiety on its own and by worrying are you able to allow one extra minute to your life?” God does not want you to doubt. You can find scriptures similar to  be not afraid 365 times in the bible. That’s a clear indication that he wants you to put your trust in him and operate your faith every single day.  By worrying you are allowing fear and doubt into your life and god has not given us the spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind. Worrying puts limitations on an all-powerful and limitless God.

Remember that the race is not given to the swift nor the strong, but the one who endures to the end.

Somebody ought to thank him

-Cici

How did Jesus (Yeshua) really look?

 

In continuation to the previous series dispelling common misconceptions about Christianity lets go further into something else that has been a topic of discussion and a strain for African American Christians; White Jesus

Yes I did go there! now let’s explore. In the bible Jesus was described as having feet (skin) being like brass, burned in a furnace ( brown skin ) and hair like wool. So why do we see this blond haired blue eyed Jesus in all the pictures

Leonardo da Vinci painted an image of Jesus as white. The bad thing was, he based that image on Cesare Borgia, who was the son of Pope Alexander the 6th of Rome. Cesare Borgia was a very evil man.

Deception, yes its true the picture you see before you is not and could not possibly be Jesus. Common geography and etymology would tell you that Europeans were nowhere near the area during the time of Jesus’ birth.  In 2016 anyone with access to a computer or a smart phone and just a second’s worth of time could see that the oldest picture of Jesus is of a black Hebrew Israelite. They called him the beardless prophet.

Because of mistaken identity due to corruption that does not mean the person never existed there have been archaeological finds to this day that prove his life. Including the recent discovery of the shroud that they placed over his face that corroborates the story that Jesus clearly did not have European features.

Let’s talk about how that does not matter. Though yes representation matters. I don’t focus on his outward appearance because for one I refuse to allow myself to be sucked into arguments of superficial things.  When I view Jesus I like to imagine him with a face so bright I cannot see. Why? Haven’t you been taught it’s not what’s on the outside but what’s within that matters?

So to me it does not matter how he looked but the content and the depth of his message. I love Jesus’ sense of humor. Yes, I feel he had a sense of humor because he would ask questions to answers that he already knew to get the audience to think. He would also speak in a way that people would not understand Parables in order to get people to see how everything is relative.  Also we all know there was no letter J in the Hebrew library that is why his proper name was not Jesus but Yeshua. Again this is like a rose by any other name you know?

I’m only here to clear misconceptions as this is Faith Defense Ministries we want you to get an understanding of your faith and a resource to point those that use this as a means to discourage you from your beliefs to have a rebuttal and at all costs allowing the truth to make you free.

That’s not what you need to be taking away from his life sacrifice and death. What you need to take away from his life is that he lived his life taught us how to relate to one another, how to treat the church, how to be accepting of one another. His life also taught us that even up until your final moment of life if you repent and confess you will be saved. Jesus taught us how to behave in the church and how to rely on our heavenly father to provide for us and that we must pray every day and that temptation is always going to be there no matter how high and mighty you may be.  Jesus taught us that in his weakness even he felt abandoned by God that’s a very normal feeling but know that he will never leave us or forsake us .

-somebody ought to tell him thanks

cici

 

What is my Purpose????

 

 

Let’s just get down to the meat and potatoes of why we are here.
Our mission is for you who at home that is reading this to gain a comprehensive and profound understanding of your faith. To make your own judgements, to do your own research about these topics. We only seek to stimulate your thought patterns and seek out knowledge, the bible says, with all thy getting get understanding.
As of late there have been an overwhelming amount of individuals who have found themselves lost in the middle of their beliefs. Stuck at a crossroads in their life with so much information age at hand, a plethora of resources available that one may become overwhelmed in what to believe in. I too found myself at one-point questioning if what I believed in was right for me and why it was right for me. I am forever grateful for that experience because had it not been for that experience I could not stand here today firm in my beliefs with my whole heart knowing that I can give my all. I fully encourage you to go out and challenge ideas, find the truth and let the truth set you free. I will say this, if you find that Christianity is not for you let me be the first to say if you never hear it again:
We at Faith Defense Ministries love you anyway and most importantly God loves you no matter what!
My desire is to serve the lord and to show exactly what being a Christian means to me in every way. I plan to debunk common misconceptions and to answer any questions for those who are diligently seeking truth.
One common misconception that I want to address right here and now is that the bible has many contradictions. This was one of my major defenses that I used to regurgitate to people when discussing the bible, until I was faced by a friend who asked the question “what part is contradictory?”
For once I was forced to be held accountable for the words that I was speaking. So let’s explore that a little more deeply. The main argument is that the new testament is different from the old testament. This is because up until Jesus birth there were prophet’s men of god but as the prophet John said (whom many believed at one point was the messiah) “I Baptize you with water but one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Luke 3:16
Certain rules were put in place for safety such as not touching dead bodies (avoiding communicable diseases or eating shrimp again for health purposes) most of these rules were based on Man’s comprehensive understanding of what God wants for us. When Christ came, he came to establish the law. He came to show us how we are to relate to one another loving and accepting each other. We are to first love one another, we are not to judge each other and we are to love the Lord with all our hearts and all of our minds.
Another stigma that has been placed on believers is that Christians are judgmental in nature. One of the main things that Christ said in his teachings was “to judge not lest ye be judged. “Christ  would always fellowship with sinners and loved and never judged them. If you have ever felt the pain of judgement of someone who is representing Christ, I’m truly sorry and that person is confused and misled please forgive them. Know that we here at Faith Defense Ministries stand for something greater, we go to the battlegrounds for you. In fact, the only time I will correct someone in love is when I see someone that is using the name of the Lord to beat and berate non-believers because I feel that it is counterproductive and off putting.
We have a responsibility as believers to be fishers of men. I have had heart to heart conversations with Catholics that stand outside of abortion clinics and other Christian groups who condemn others. I will always speak up whenever I feel that someone is a stumbling block or making even one person feel that they cannot come to Christ because that is the exact opposite of what He wants you to feel.
Right now whatever it is you are going through, whatever your belief or lack thereof, whatever hang-ups or weaknesses, whatever your addictions, whatever your sexual orientation I want you to know that no matter what man has told you there is a God that loves you more than you can even imagine. A God that wants you to carry whatever burdens you have to him, a God that is patient and long suffering with you and there is absolutely nothing you can do to stop him from being your heavenly father and from loving you.
There is so much in formation that I yearn to share with you. In the end this is the beginning of a several- part series on Christianity. So stay tuned because we have a lot of bases to cover!
Somebody ought to give him thanks
-Cici