On the day of judgement, will God be happy with your behavior or will He be disappointed? I wonder sometimes about some “Christians” I see on Sundays after Church. Have you ever had the best time at Church and then go out afterwards and see other Church people acting like they have never even been to a Church at all? They act like they just climbed out from under a rock or something. We, of all people, should know how to act in public! Come on Christians! Or so-called Christians… If nobody outside of your Church knows you attend Church, then you are not representing Jesus the way you should be.
Jesus never cussed out anyone at Walmart or acted like a fool to his waitress over a wrong side item. He certainly never showed disrespect to his parents or to others! So, we should not be doing that either! If you are a jerk everywhere else except Church- well, even at Church – you really need to re-evaluate your salvation. Also, if you’re causing division in the Church or gossiping about other Church members, you might need to have a heart to heart with our creator and see if you are truly saved at all. In Matthew 7:23 KJV, Jesus will say to some on judgement day, “…I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity”. What a terrible day that will be! Revelation 3:16 NLT also says, “So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”
Christianity is not a club or a social status. It is a life style- we are supposed to be new creations when we become saved by grace. We are to put away all the old sin and take on the yoke of Jesus. Don’t take out your frustrations on others. You could be the entire reason someone will not go to Church! They might see your pictures on Facebook, where you are in Church, and think to themselves that all Christians are the same– all are fake. We’re not! But if all non-Christians see from us is the same or worse than what they see from everyone else, they will not give Jesus a chance.
We will all be judged. I want to stand before my Holy God with clean hands and a pure heart and hear Him say to me, “Well done my good and faithful servant!” That is my goal in this life. I don’t want to falsely represent my living God by acting like the devil while wearing my Sunday best! I fall short every day, but I try my best not to. When I do fail Him, I pretty much know it immediately and quickly repent because I do NOT want to let Him down. He has never let me down!
Do you have a dream? Something that kind-of feels like a Disney movie dancing in your head? When you think about it, you smile- then look around to make sure nobody was looking at you smiling to yourself like and idiot? I have a dream to start my own business. I can see it in my head! I am so excited about it!
When you have a dream, it is something that God put inside of you. Maybe you are dreaming about your future husband or wife. Or, you’re dreaming about starting your own business, like I am. Don’t you think you need to prepare yourself for your dream? If you are not preparing yourself for it, what are you waiting for? Are you happy with the way your life if heading right now? If not, do things that will move you toward your dream. Start somewhere even if it’s small steps. Go forward toward your dream and don’t stay stagnant.
Don’t waste your life and then wish you did something more with it when you get old. Rich people are rich because they keep doing what makes them rich and poor people are poor because they keep doing what makes them poor. That is the truth. Do something with your life and don’t expect others to do it for you. 3 John 1:2. KJV “Beloved, I wishabove all things that thou mayest prosperand be in health, even asthysoulprospereth.” God wants us to prosper, so why don’t we go for it?
I have started a 21 day ‘Renew Your Mind’ challenge. It started on 3/11/17 and ends 3/31/17. I will be putting some short videos on You Tube for 21 days and give some inspirational and motivational advice on how to get your mind renewed. It takes 21 days to form a habit. This will give you a good foundation that you can continue with after the 21 days are over.
If you are depressed or living in fear or anxiety, take this challenge and change your mindset. It does help. Even Christians battle these things and need some help getting out of their funk. Go to my ‘Re-new Your Mind’ tab and print the free 21 day calendar and get started. Don’t let the enemy steal another minute of your life.
Happy New Year! Since it is a new year, I think it’s a good time to start fresh. The calendar looks clean and empty right now, so lets fill it up with great things this year! Turn your doubts into dreams and do something to make your dreams come true. You have all year to accomplish something. Don’t let this be another year of the same ole, same ole.
It seems to me, that most of my adult years have been the same. A different year with the same results. Not this year! I am going to start the business I have been dreaming about and researching for quite some time now. I am going to finish my books that are half completed. It’s not another New Year’s resolution, it’s a resolution to change my life for the better.
It all starts with the right attitude. If you have an attitude that can’t see the hope in your future, then you will probably be working the same job and doing the same things this time next year, and possibly five years from now. If you have a vision of what God has for your life, then press toward that goal instead of just wondering if it could ever possibly happen. The answer is always NO if you don’t take steps toward the dream. There is only YES’s for me from now on! I am over the NO’s! God gave me the talent and ability to do certain things and I am going to do them. What about you? Will you join me in having the best year ever this year?
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.
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.
Merriam-Webster defines consistency as: a pattern of sticking with one way of thinking or acting.
Even though Christians are not perfect, people watch everything we do and hear everything we say. Unfortunately, our lives are the only examples of Jesus that most people ever see. Are we living a life that is representing Jesus in a positive light or are we blending in with the crowd? Jesus never blended in with the people he was around. He loved everyone, but he didn’t act like them. They knew from his character that he was different. Does anyone know that we are Christians by the way we act? If someone has to ask you, then you might not be the best example of Christianity.
If you claim to be a Christian, and are being judgmental, or treating others like they are less than you, then you might need to re-evaluate if you are actually a Christian. Please stop telling people that you are if you don’t act like one. We are trying to win people to Jesus, not drive them away. Christians need to be consistent in the way they act.
Christians should act in love. I have said this before, love is an action, not a feeling. That’s how Jesus acted and that’s how we should act. We should also react in love. That’s not always easy. People are crazy and mean. We shouldn’t be like that. We must show them the correct way to react to people like them. Live by example. Be a mature Christian and not a baby Christian. Study the word and know how to act, react, and how to treat others.