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.
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
Victory is defined as the overcoming of an enemy or antagonist; achievement of mastery or success in a struggle or endeavor against odds or difficulties; a win over an opponent or over difficult problems. There’s no doubt that God has called us to live victoriously. He has called us to be victorious over Satan our enemy, over sin, over our own flesh, and victorious in life overall. But if you look at the state of many in the church, you would think that it’s normal to fall into the same sins over and over for years, to have one foot in God and the other foot in the world, to be double-minded, to proclaim Christ but never really grow to look like Him, and to constantly feel defeated by the enemy. Continue reading
Sometimes on my birthday, The Lord will give me a word to meditate and stand on for the new year of my life. It had been a couple of years since He gave me a word on my birthday, but this past June when I was celebrating my 28th birthday the Lord gave me the word GRACE. He had me to really meditate on the past few years of my life and everything that took place during those years. Continue reading
We live in a time where everyone holds the title of Christian but unfortunately many don’t know what that truly means. What it really means to be a Christian has been watered down by bad preaching, bad examples, false interpretation of scripture, and the mixture of the holy and the profane. Fortunately, regardless of how people falsely portray Christianity (whether intentionally or unintentionally), the true meaning of Christianity and salvation doesn’t change in God’s eyes. When we stand before God, we will give an account of our lives to Him based on HIS STANDARDS, not on man’s warped standards. No matter how much man has tried to taint it, true Christianity will always be according to God’s standard. Continue reading
So many things come to take our attention and steal our focus from The Lord. Life can throw many things at us that cause fear, worry, doubt, hopelessness, anxiety and more. Throughout my years of walking with The Lord, I’ve gone through many seasons of highs and lows. It was in one of my darkest seasons that God taught me how to focus on worshiping Him in spite of my circumstances, how to worship Him through the pain, through the tears, through the persecution, the misunderstanding, the disappointments and the embarrassments. Worship is what got me through. Continue reading