For the last
few weeks, the word peace has been in my Spirit. Every time I would ask
God what He wanted me to write about this month, He would say “peace.” I
didn’t completely understand what aspect of peace He wanted me to write from, but
as I waited, prayed, and spent time in His presence, He made it clearer.
As we all
know, there is so much taking place in the world and in the church right now,
there are many things being discussed on social media that’s causing much
debate and division even among believers. There are many things pulling for our
attention, and many things seeking to distract us. Sadly, things are not going
to get better, things will only intensify in the coming weeks, months, and
years. As the Bible has prophesied, many events will take place before the
coming of our Lord. There will also be a great falling away in the church (2
Thess. 2:3), which is slowly taking place before our eyes. Events are taking
place all over the world to set the stage for the coming of The Lord.
In a time
like this, we have to make sure that we are connected to God, we have to make
sure that we are not distracted by all the noise of the world and the things
taking place in our personal lives. We have to make sure that we’re truly in
tune to the Spirit of God. There are many things vying for our attention, our
devotion, and our time. And while we should be discerning, alert, and aware of
what’s going on around us, we also have to make sure that our resting place is
in the presence of God. We all have to make our home is in His presence.
I hope you all are having a great week so far. So as I mentioned last month, I will be doing videos on YouTube, some will be live and some will be pre-recorded. I’d love to find out which day(s) most of you will be available especially for the live videos. Which days are best for you to join in on the live videos?
Below is a simple poll where you can select the days you are most available. All of the live videos will take place in the evening time (around 7 PM or 8 PM EST) and on weekdays.
I’d also like to hear your topic suggestions. If there’s anything that I’ve written about that you’d like to have a more in-depth conversation about or any other topics you’d like me to cover, kindly post it in the comment section below.
As you can see, I’ve added a new tab to the blog called “News.” In this section, I’ll be sharing updates and announcements with you all.
Here are a few updates and announcements:
I’m so excited to announce that the Heart Of Worship Blog now has a YouTube channel!!! God has been tugging on my heart for a few months now to start making videos. So as promised, I will be making videos on different topics as God leads. Some videos will be live and some will be pre-recorded. You can subscribe to the YouTube channel here.
Mark your calendars and set your alarms! This Wednesday at 8 PM EST I’ll be recording a LIVE video on YouTube on my last blog post, “Is Dating Biblical.” Since this video is live, you guys can join me and ask any questions you have on the topic or questions on relationships in general. My husband will also be joining in on this video (yayy); He also has a lot of insight on relationships and I believe he has a lot of wisdom to share on the topic. I recommend reading the blog post first so you understand what the video is about. You can read it here: Is Dating Biblical?
If you are subscribed to this blog, you should have received an email notification about my latest post, which was also my first Bible Study post, on “Bible Verses for Overcoming Sexual Sin.” You can find that post here. We are in a time where the word of God is being ignored, pushed to the side and replaced by the opinions of man and the trends of popular culture. If we don’t want to be deceived in these times, we really have to get back to the word of God, it has to be our foundation. That’s why I created a Bible Studies category. I want it to be a resource where you can quickly access Bible verses for different topics and situations. And I want it to encourage those who come on this blog to always go back to the word of God as your source.
If you’ve sent me an email recently (via the contact page), please be patient as I respond back to you. I also want to remind you that no one can help you better than Jesus. If you push away the noise, lay your fears and desires down, and really seek God, He will give you the answers and wisdom you need for your situation.
Thank for your continued support! That’s all for now!
immorality – lust, perversion, masturbation, pornography, fornication, sex
dreams, etc. – we’ve all experienced it in one form or the other. Earlier on in
my walk with the Lord, I have personally dealt with sexual immorality in
different ways. Although I remained a virgin until marriage, I dealt with lust
and masturbation which of course led to sex dreams and fantasies. I had to
first acknowledge that it was a problem and that it was a sin before God before
I could be delivered from it. Even though I wasn’t having sex, it was still not
pleasing to God. My deliverance came in many stages and it took A LOT of
self-denial. There were times where it seemed like I took 2 steps forward only
to go 4 steps back. It was tough and it took some time for me to fully get
free, but I did eventually get free by the grace of God.
There came a point that I got sick and tired of getting beat up by the enemy and giving in to my flesh, so I started to deal with the issue head-on. One of the main things that helped me to overcome was finding Bible verses about the topic and using them to fight. I would write them down, memorize them, meditate on them, and recite them especially when the temptation arose. I learned to war with the word of God and pray the word of God over my mind, my emotions, my body, my soul, and against the fiery darts of the enemy. Some days the battle was so intense that I would have to recite them to myself while looking at myself in the mirror. There were even times that I would have to recite them every day, several times a day, and especially before bed.
To date or not to date? To have a boyfriend/girlfriend or not to have one? What is God’s view on dating (and boyfriends and girlfriends) and what does the Bible have to say about all of this?
From Genesis to Revelation, you see three (3) types of
(romantic) relationships: Single, engaged (also known as betrothed), and
married. We do not see dating in scripture or anything like it. The only place
where we see something similar to dating mentioned is in John 4:18 when Jesus
was talking to the Samaritan woman and He told her that the man she was with
now was not her husband – it was exposure and a rebuke for being with someone
she wasn’t married to.
Some might argue that in that time period and culture, things were different, so dating was not at all acceptable. That’s true, however, when you read the word of God and see God’s standards for how we should live in our bodies, how we should relate to and treat one another, and the topic of sexual immorality, it points to a Kingdom culture and standard that debunks dating as we know it today.
What is my purpose? People ask this question a lot nowadays.
It seems like everyone, both in and out of the church, is trying to discover
their life’s purpose. That’s great, and I do believe that God has a purpose for
allowing each of us to come into this world, I believe He has things that He
wants each of us to do on the earth and He knows the plans that He laid out for
each individual person. I also believe that until a person fully surrenders
their life to God, they won’t fully walk out the plans that God has for them.
Purpose is an awesome thing and we all want to live life with
purpose; we all want to live full and fulfilled lives and do things that we
love. However, I also believe that what we in the church today have defined and
labeled as “purpose” is not purpose but assignment(s) and sometimes gifts He
has given us to carry out those assignments. Christians often say things like,
my purpose is to be a teacher, a preacher, to be a millionaire, a wife, a
prophet, a lawyer, a businessman/woman, to travel the world and preach, etc.
But in actuality, according to the Word of God, those things are not our
purpose, those things are our assignments. When you are in Christ and called
according to HIS purpose (see Rom. 8:28), those things can’t be our purpose
because they aren’t HIS PURPOSE, they are assignments.
A few weeks ago, I was spending time with God and thinking
about my life – the current state of my life, the different parts of my life
and the people in it like my husband and our marriage, our church and church
family, our natural family, our finances, etc. Then a few questions came to my
spirit – which I know were from God: What
if these things were to fall apart? What if important people in my life began
to leave or fail me? What would be my response to God? Would I run from God and
abandon my relationship with Him? Would I become angry and bitter with Him
because people I trusted in disappointed me or let me down?
There’s an old hymn that says, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.” This hymn is so beautiful and powerful because it talks about focusing on Jesus instead of the things of this world and the things we go through in this world. I’m noticing more and more lately that people have made serving Jesus about everything else except Jesus. We’ve turned our eyes to everything else in this world other than Him. We are in a time where everyone is trying to “be the best you,” live their best life now, and obtain all that they can obtain through Jesus, but have forgotten that the true blessing is Jesus Himself and not the things that He can give us or do for us. We’ve confused the things that He can give to us as the blessing instead of seeing Him as the true blessing. We’ve forgotten that the greatest gift He could ever give us is Himself. Continue reading →
A few years ago, I wrote a post titled I Believe God Told Me Who My Husband Is, about what to do when you think God has shown you who your husband will be and how to discern if it’s just your flesh. The post has gotten a lot of traffic, many comments and I have received many emails with stories and questions. I’ve gone through some of the comments and have heard many stories from different people about this topic, some good, some not so good. This is a topic that isn’t talked about much but so many people (males and females) go through it and don’t quite know what to do. In this post, I will tackle a few more commonly asked questions and situations that I have come across. I pray that it brings even greater clarity and it helps many discern if their flesh has been deceiving them. Continue reading →