No matter how hard you try you can not forgive others without first forgiving yourself. How can you let other peoples mistakes go while still holding on to your own? When we ask for forgiveness through the blood of Christ the past mistakes are wiped away and thus forgotten about within the eyes of the Lord. If the Lord has forgiving us, then we should also forgive ourselves.
Let go of regrets, mistakes and failures and cling onto the grace and love of God. When we cling on to the love and grace of God we are then enabled to forgive and love others regardless of the circumstances. Stop holding on to the junk in your life and let it go by giving it to God, then let go of others junk and see people through the eyes of the loving Father.
No pain, no gain has been a popular phrase among many athletes throughout the past few decades, but it is not just for athletes. Life here on earth is currently in a fallen state and will remain that way until the return of Jesus Christ. Till the day occurs we are set to reside in a fallen state where hardships and trials attack us on the daily, ranging from small to large scale and devastating. Since the fall of man this has been so:
“Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.” (Genesis 3:17-19 NKJV)
There is no escape from the fallen state except by death or by the return of Christ, so do not go looking for heaven on earth because you will not find it. No matter how hard we try we will always run into trials and hard times, but the good news is that we can overcome these hard times by leaning upon God and His word. When we relying on the power of God to strengthen us and His wisdom to guide us we can then push through the hard times and come out victorious.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Lets face it, it is very easy to get side tracked when pain and hurts come our way. When the seas of life begin to rage we begin to sink as we take our sights off Jesus and stare at the waves. The key here is to redirect our sights back on Jesus when we feel like we are sinking and just like Peter when he was walking on the water and began to sink and Jesus pulled him back up, so will He also do for us when we call on His name and set our sights back on Him.
One of the main factors of pain that I like to tell people is that pain is many times needed in order to grow in God as we journey through this life with Him, seeking to reach full maturity. Without pain we can become stagnate in our growth process and ultimately, more times than often, find ourselves drifting away from God as we feel no need for Him with the comforts of an easy life rocking us into a spiritual slumber.
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (James 1:2-4)
I do not know where you stand today. I am not sure of what battles you are facing, but remember to ask God for wisdom and strength to guide you through the pain. Ask Him to reveal to you what He is doing through this battle and to continue to help you grow in Him more and more with each passing day. You are an overcomer in Christ, so move forward in faith to the victory that lies ahead! God bless!
There are many things we can do to help boost our day, but the most crucial choices and habits begin in the morning. Here is where the sun rises and the things we decide to do greatly affect the outcome of the day itself. Many of us are too busy to find time to quiet our minds and be still with the Lord, much less even eat breakfast. In the vlog post today I talk about how to begin your day right in order to achieve the highest level of productivity and peace throughout the busy day. Enjoy and God bless!
Us guys like to be wide open with little to no down time. Sleep is hard enough, but try adding in a little time of meditation and reflection we begin to squirm within a few short minutes. The problem with this is the fact that in order to be in tune with God we must take time to not only be still, but to also take our time with things. When we slow down we are then enabled to hear God’s voice being pressed upon our hearts and minds.
All the rage today is gender identity and gay pride, but along with these fads come the new role of men as a softer, gentler push over. When looking at this idea through the eyes of the Bible most Christians try and point out that Jesus Himself was gentle and loving and that He too would approve of the feminization of men.
Now, of course this is completely untrue, especially when one takes time to look at how much of a bad dude Jesus really was. He was indeed gentle and loving, but He was also strong and courageous as He stood up against the pharisees and left a mark in the temple as the merchants sold goods instead of obeying God.
When you take a look at other men in the Bible one has to conclude that there were some bad dudes for sure! Look at David, Joshua or Moses, these guys played no games. These guys were for sure men of men, and yet they were closer to the Lord than any push over guy today.
Now do not get me wrong there are times of much needed compassion and letting out our feelings to God, but there has to be a balance with one trait not over lapping the other. We are to be compassionate and yet strong. We are to be merciful and yet courageous. We are to be servants and yet soldiers. We are to be children of God and yet men of God.
“Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”Matthew 23:28 NKJV
This morning I find it sad and quite wild that within many churches today and many Christians lives we see nothing but Pharisees. Over the years I have had many proclaimed Christians and family show Selina, Bell and I no love or grace at all. And so I felt the Lord calling me to write this to help clarify the realities of being a true follower of Christ.
Many proclaim Jesus and yet act self righteous. They proclaim love and yet only show it towards who they feel are worthy of it. They proclaim forgiveness and yet show none towards others themselves. They proclaim kindness and yet are completely fake.
Many of the Christians that act like this I have witnessed and know are the ones that have never really been through hard things in life. They are the ones that were always the “goodie goods” and when they received Jesus they never truly did because they already felt they were good enough without Him and never really grasp the full concept of forgiveness.
To all those that proclaim and yet do not live out the gospel, please listen. We are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God. Jesus called us to love all people, so we must love all people, not with a fake love, but with an authentic Godly love. Obviously we are not to be friends with the world but at the same time we are not to shun others, but rather try and lead the to Christ through love and the Holy Spirit.
We are called to show kindness, so let us show kindness without hypocrisy. We are called to forgive, so let us fully forgive and move on in the grace of God without holding grudges. Finally we are called to proclaim Jesus to the lost world around us, so let us proclaim His name without self righteousness, but rather in a humbled manner and with meekness while being filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.
Step away from being fake and step into a true relationship with the Lord and be filled with His Spirit, love and grace. Do not be a Pharisee, but rather a follower of Jesus Christ and a child of God.
It is amazing how much fake news goes around the internet today and on top of that, how many actually believe the fake news. We live in a time of title reading where people simply read titles and then express their views without even reading any bit of an article. This same thing also happens in many of the churches today where Christians simply go, listen and then go home filled with non sense with no actual Biblical backing.
“The simple believes every word, but the prudent considers well his steps.” (Proverbs 14:15 NKJV).
The best way to approach any teaching, regardless of who is teaching, is by simply taking it in and then praying on the teaching as well as seeking out whether or not it is truth. Just to simply listen to a teacher or read one article and assume they are correct is just plain, well, dumb!
God wants us to live by wisdom and wisdom only comes over time, and thus it is up to us to take the time to study, learn and grow properly. Instantly assuming or agreeing without research is like trying to jump off a plane because someone tells you it is OK and that you have a parachute, only to find out that you do not. Careful examination of what others say, teach and write will do us all much good as we can then discern between truth and complete poppycock.
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1).
Next time you hear someone preaching a sermon make sure to go home and pray and study what they said to see whether or not it is truth, no matter how good it may sound. Only because something sounds good does not mean it is truth (Just look at the prosperity preachers). The more we examine, the more we will learn and grow in wisdom and truth while pleasing God.