Are Christians walking in the love that we were commissioned to walk in? I really don’t think so. If we were, then the world would notice that we were different. As it is, most people can’t tell if someone is a Christian or not. We must do a better job of standing out and setting ourselves apart from the world.
I want to make a change in this world. I don’t want to die without making somebody’s life better. Whether it’s from something I say or something I write, my heart’s desire is that others will be freed from the bondage that the enemy of our souls tried to kill them with. I want others to know the truth about our Lord and Savior, Jesus. He came so that we might have abundant life. Jesus came here so that we can have a good life here, not just in Heaven.
Let’s love others so much that we tell them the truth about their sins. We can’t just hold their hand and lead them to hell by telling them that everything they’re doing is OK and grace covers all. That’s not the truth. When we knowingly sin against God, we are trampling the blood of Jesus. Why would Jesus tell us to take up our cross and follow him, if we could do and act the way the world does?
If we are truly new creations and born again believers, we would long to do what Jesus commissioned us to do. I don’t want to let Him down. He has never let me down. I want to be different. I don’t want to be like the world. The world makes me sad. I look at all the churches we have everywhere around where I live, and very few of them are making a difference in this community! I want to make a bigger difference in my community! Who will join me? John 15:13 (NLT), “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
On 8/21/17 we had the most amazing total solar eclipse that spanned the entire United States. I’ve never seen such an awesome display of God’s glorious creation. I love how it made a diamond ring just when it came out of the total covering. It kind-of reminds me of our spiritual covering and our engagement ring from our bridegroom. He’s coming for us soon.
As the moon “grazes” by the Sun during a solar eclipse, the rugged lunar limb topography allows beads of sunlight to shine through in some places, and not in others. … The diamond ring effect is seen when only one bead is left; a shining diamond set in a bright ring around the lunar silhouette.
Okay, here’s what I’m wondering. This is only my thoughts, so please don’t think I am saying that this is the way everything is going to happen. I really don’t know. Nobody does. But, since the U.S. is not going to be in existence during the end time, what is going to happen to take us out of the picture? My personal thought is that Jesus is going to get us out of here so that we can have our Marriage Supper of the Lamb with Him, and then the dominoes will fall as they may here on earth. Without Christians around to pray blessings over our country, then our country won’t be blessed anymore. That’s the only way it’s going to fall. I don’t think it will happen while true Christians are here praying because –God hears our prayers. Proverbs 15:29 (NLT) “The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayers of the righteous.”
Remember how God protected Lot from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, just because he was the only righteous man in the city? Genesis 19:29 (NLT) “But God had listened to Abraham’s request and kept Lot safe, removing him from the disaster that engulfed the cities on the plain.” I believe that God will protect us too. Why would He leave us to be tortured under a totally ungodly ruler. Our prayers are stopping the anti-Christ from revealing himself. When we are gone, it’s on! I pray for my kids and family. I don’t want them to be here when all this devastation happens. Please Church, pray for your loved ones and don’t give up on them. I am sad when I think about how many people don’t have anyone praying for them now. The time has gotten so bad, and each generation that passes is farther and farther away from God and his covering. It won’t be long. Things can not keep going the way they are going. That’s the truth!
When I read Ecclesiastes, I noticed that everything is meaningless and there is nothing new under the sun. Everything has been done before. History merely repeats its self (1:9). Everything you do is like chasing the wind. There is a time for everything and everything will end.
(7:9) God created people to be virtuous, but they have each turned to follow their own downward path. (8:11) When a crime is not punished quickly, people feel it is safe to do wrong. This is what is happening now. Criminals are not being punished so people think it’s okay to loot, rob, and burn down houses and businesses. Good is evil and evil is good in today’s society.
(12:1) Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your creator. (12:13) It is our duty to fear God and keep His commands. This is something that the church has failed on. As a whole, we have not feared God. We have been relying on grace and mercy and forgot the ‘fear’ part. The church needs to fear God again and remember that He alone judges everybody. Christians seem to have taken on this role and have forgotten that when we judge, then we are judged in the same manner. We should show some mercy, since we’re not at all perfect. We need the ‘Fear of God’ because that is our duty!
I’ve been thinking a lot about how the enemy uses idle time to keep us bound to depression. Ecclesiastes 4:5 tells us, “Fools fold their idle hands, leading them to ruin.” God can’t use us if we don’t work. You need to work to show yourself approved. When we are sitting back and our focus is not on the Lord, the enemy will come in like a flood. He will overwhelm our minds and then we will start feeling useless and hopeless.
Get to work.
We all have a purpose. We need to seek out what that purpose is. The only way to do that is to work and to learn more about the Bible. I have found that every job that I have ever had, has led me to the place that I am now. If I had never done those jobs, I wouldn’t have the skills necessary for what God has in store for me. I thought, at the time, that it was meaningless and, honestly, I was a little embarrassed that I hadn’t progressed like I had hoped. For example, I thought I should be in a higher position and earning more money, by the time I had teenage children. I know now, I didn’t do anything wrong when I stayed home raising my kids when they were young and working part time jobs when they got a little older. I wasn’t idle, I was choosing my family over my career. God advanced me very quickly when my kids got older. And, I might add, raising a family is not being idle. That is what God expects us to do.
2 Thessalonians 3:11 says, “Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and meddling in other people’s business.” Believe me, if you focus on your own purpose, you will not have time to be in other people’s business. Get your own life in order. There’s an old saying, ‘an idle mind is the devil’s playground.’ I’m not sure who came up with it, but it’s true.
3 John 1:2 (KJV), “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” As Christians, we are settling for less than what God has promised us. John 10:10 (NLT) tells us, “The thief’s purpose is to steal, kill, and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” Jesus came so that we might have an abundant life. That’s why we need to seek after Jesus.
Prosper and be in health
He will lead and guide us to where we need to be. We might think we are going in the wrong direction, but if we are seeking God first, He will make our crooked ways straight. We could actually be going left when we should be going right, and God will make sure the direction we are headed turns out correctly. He can do that, we can’t without Him.
Christians should be the healthiest, most prosperous people in the world. That’s supposed to be our testimony. Why aren’t we? Well, it’s not God’s fault so it must be something we are doing wrong. Jesus always told those He healed that their faith made them whole. We must believe the word of God and put our faith in action by speaking the truth in boldness – speaking the truth over ourselves and our family. Deuteronomy 30:19 (KJV) says, “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”
Matthew 22:14 tells us that, “For many are called but few are chosen.” So what exactly does that mean? The more I ponder it, the more I believe that God calls all of us to have a purpose, but it is up to us if we answer and accept the call. It’s up to us if we choose God. Few are chosen because few actually do what it takes to fulfill what God has planned for them. If we will only say yes to God and actually do what He tells us to do, then we can be chosen by God. We must be willing vessels.
We are all called to be the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:3). We are called to be the light of the world (Matthew 5:14). We are called to be fishers of men (Matthew 4:19). We are called to listen to his teachings and follow it (Matthew 7:24). We are called to feed the multitude (Matthew 14:16). We are called to forgive (Matthew 18:21-22).
Just in Matthew, the word of God tells us what we should be doing and how we should be living our lives. First, we choose, then we act in obedience. When God can trust us, then we are chosen. Not many Christians can be trusted to do God’s will. It’s really easy to say that you will follow Jesus, until you are asked to pick up your cross -stop sinning and deny your flesh – and follow Him. That’s where most Christian’s fail.
Jesus always said, I tell you the truth (verily I say unto you).” Jesus never said, “I give you facts”. Why?
Merriam-Webster defines FACT as: something that truly exists or happens; something that has actual existence. TRUTH is defined as: the real facts about something; the things that are true.
Sometimes a fact is not a truth. The fact is that there are laws that make things legal now that God has commanded us not to do. The fact is, we can legally do them, but the truth is, they are sins and we shouldn’t do them. A fact will never set you free. John 8:32 (NLT) says, “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Psalm 85:10 (NLT) tells us, “Unfailing love and truth have met together. Righteousness and peace have kissed.” Psalm 119:43 says, “Do not snatch your word of truth from me, for your regulations are my only hope.” When we follow our own paths, we will only get destruction. In fact, we can do what we want, but the truth is, the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). God is trying to warn us of the enemy’s plan so our lives will be good. We bring on our own misery when we do our own thing. John 14:6 (NLT) says, “Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
All of the passages I can find with ‘fact’ in them, are ones that are elaborating on a truth that is going to happen. In 1 Kings 11 (paraphrased), The Lord instructed the people of Israel not to marry foreign women because they would turn Israels hearts to their gods. Solomon did it anyway. He had 700 wives and 300 concubines. In fact, they did turn his heart away from the Lord.
Merriam-Webster.com defines peace as: a state of tranquility or quiet; a state in which there is no war or fighting. We are to seek out peace. Psalm 37:37 says, “Consider the blameless, observe the upright; a future awaits those who seek peace.” The way we find peace is to seek out God through his Word and prayer. Psalm 29:11 says, “The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.”
Even when things are going crazy around us, we must know that peace is an experience, not just a feeling. 2 Chronicles 20:30 says, “And the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was at peace, for his God had given him rest on every side.” God wants us to rest in His peace. We experience rest when we seek peace. Matthew 5:9 tells us, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God.” In James 3:18, the Word also says, “Peacemakers who sow in peace, reap a harvest of righteousness.”
The enemy tries to keep us busy and tired. Just like Martha in Luke 10:40-41. Martha was distracted by all the chores that needed to be done and she couldn’t make time for Jesus. If we are not careful, we not have time for Jesus. We need to stop being busy doing things that are not going to make a difference in the end. What’s more important, a clean house or time with Jesus? I sometimes feel like Jesus is saying to me; ‘Jeanette, Jeanette, you need to slow down and rest.’
I have often felt like Job did in Job 3:26, “I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil.” I realize now that I begin to feel that way when I distance myself from God. He is always right there, but I do waver from time to time. Job 22:21 says, “Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.” If you are struggling with peace or rest, then seek out God’s truth. He is faithful!
Nehemiah 8:10 tells us that the joy of the Lord is our strength. Joy is different that happiness. Happiness is a reaction, but joy is deeper. 1 Chronicles 16:27 says, “splendor and majesty are before him, strength and joy are in his dwelling place.”
The Lord disciplines those He loves.
The Merriam-Webster website defines joy as an emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires. Happiness is defined as a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment because of your life, situation, etc. Joy is an emotion but happiness is a feeling. We don’t walk by what we feel. Our feelings will deceive us. 2 Chronicles 5:7 says, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” We really can’t go by what we feel in order to have a good day. A lot of times, we wouldn’t have any good days if we went by our feelings.
Psalm 21:1 says, “The king rejoices in your strength, Lord. How great is his joy in the victories you give.” Sometimes we feel good and sometimes we feel bad, but we still have to go to work! We need the joy of the Lord to get us through our day and our life. Psalm 28:7 says, “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song, I praise him.”
I am blogging on the fruits of the spirit. There will be 9 separate blogs that I will research and break down in detail. Galatians 5:22 tells us that the first of the fruits of the spirit is ‘love’. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 says, “Love is patient, love is kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand it’s own way. It is not irritable, and keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever.”
Somebody once asked me what I thought love was. I really didn’t know the answer. I used to think that it was a feeling. I thought you felt love. But, now I know that love is NOT a feeling. Sometimes you don’t feel like you love your family member, for example. But, the second something happens and they need you – you are right there. Even if you still don’t like them, you love them. That’s how Jesus must feel about us. He can’t always like us, but he does always love us. Love is an action. You have to just do it, even if you don’t feel it.
Matthew 5:44 tells us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. Why?? Because, love is not a feeling. When the nails were being hammered into Jesus’s hands and feet, he surely didn’t feel love for those people. Still, he died for them -and us. Even in the midst of being murdered, he loved us. God is love. We are to imitate Jesus. Instead of complaining about others, love and pray for them.