Believers in Christ, ask the Holy Spirit to use you to encourage someone, to help someone financially, or to point an unbeliever towards Christ via the Gospel. The Lord wants to use us for His glory. The question is: are we willing vessels? Sometimes-if we are being honest with ourselves-we make excuses for why we don't share the Gospel and/or our personal testimonies. The truth is, the person who you think might not want to hear your testimony or something encouraging from God's Word could actually be the person who is desperate and in dire need of a word that would lift them up from a low place. Or maybe it's that bit of physical or financial assistance that let's someone know you really care for them. So seek God about how and where to be a blessing to someone. Trust that He will always point you in the right direction. #ReadyWillingandAble
I had to set some boundaries for my mother recently and she took it the wrong way. When people are used to having their own way and are used to trying to control your life, when you finally do set proper boundaries, they don't know how to take it. So all I can do is pray for her. I am not responsible for how she acts and reacts to things. I am only responsible for how I act and react to things... The truth is there are some people that you just have to love from a distance.
When you learn how to set boundaries as you deal with certain people in your life, it's not that you are trying to be disrespectful or hateful. It's that you are trying to protect your heart and whatever else is important to you. People have to know that they cannot talk to you a certain kind of way or do certain things to you. In my case, my mother was recently treating me like I was a teenager who used to live with her. Well I don't live with her anymore and therefore, the way she and I communicate has to change. We should be talking as if we are two adults, not as if I am the child in her household. She has a tendency to play the blame game in bringing up past issues, but when I am trying to move forward with certain plans, her blame game does not help us to be productive. So I had to set boundaries. At one point she was trying to talk through me to get to my fiancée, and I basically let her know in so many words that I was not going to stand for that. She likes to talk over me so I can't get a word in at times. Nope, I'm not having that.
It is not un-biblical to set boundaries for people, even if they happen to be your parents. But people have to know where you stand on certain issues, or else they'll have a tendency to walk all over you. Then you feel like you've been defeated somehow and no one has time for that, honestly. There is a way to be respectful, "[Honouring] thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee" (Ex. 20:12), and still let them know that they should respect what good you are trying to accomplish in your life. When you set boundaries, some people will get upset. But you are not responsible for how they act and react to things. You are only responsible for how YOU act and react to things.
Hopefully this post will help someone who is dealing with an overbearing loved one. God bless!
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Being saved in Christ is not about how one feels. Being saved is a position in Him. You're either saved or you are lost. Because a believer might commit a sin at certain times (we still have to deal with temptation and our flesh), he/she might not "feel" saved. But nothing can change the fact that Jesus saved them. If I have on a black suit, but then I change into a gray suit, I'm not going to say, "You know, I don't FEEL like I've changed suits." I have either changed suits or I have not.
So it is in the spiritual realm. We are to put off our old sinful man, making no provision for the flesh, and put on Christ, putting on the new man, so we can do what God would have us to do and be what God would have us to be (Romans 13:14; Galatians 3:27; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:9-10).
So what position are you in? Are you in a position of being in a relationship with Christ? If so, great! But if not, I strongly urge you to embrace the free gift of salvation before He comes back for His own, and then it's too late. Please don't believe Satan's lie that you don't need Christ to be a "good person." Jesus died and rose again to save you and I. Invite Him into your life, and you'll be glad you did.
I saw this great artwork a while ago on NCSU's campus and I just had to get a shot of this! #RIPUltimateWarrior #UltimateWarrior
Jesus is the Lily of the Valley (Song of Solomon 2:1). Lilies are perennial plants; they have a way of dying and coming back again. Their biological lifecycles are longer than two years which stands in contrast to the shorter lifecycles of annuals and biennials. Jesus died, rose again, and is coming back for His people! And when you feel like you are at your lowest point in a deep valley of frustration, sadness, depression, or anything else that is negative, just know that Jesus is there with you through it all.
I find it interesting that if you ask some people if they believe in God, or more specifically, if they believe Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, they'll say, "Well I don't believe in Jesus, but I believe there's a higher power." To those who believe in a "higher power," what I want to know is, does this "higher power" have a name? Do you feel this higher power is worthy of reverence and worship? If so, how do you choose to worship it? Do you pray to it? Do you bow down to it? Do you make personal sacrifices for it? Do you give it glory, honor, praise and adoration? Do you feel like this higher power has a special plan for your life, or do you feel like we are here on Earth just because? Do you feel like you can have a relationship with this higher power? Does it speak to you in your heart? Does it convict you when you have done something wrong? Or it that just your conscience? Does it give you a sense of peace when you are on the right track? Or is it just you giving yourself props? What has this higher power done in your life to even make you notice it's presence in the first place? Does this higher power use certain moral absolutes? Or does it allow you to pick and choose what is right and wrong, so that what's morally right/wrong for you might or might not be morally right/wrong for someone else? Does this higher power even recognize what sin is? Will this higher power eventually have a final day of judgement? Will this higher power restore things to the way it is supposed to be? Does this higher power have a kingdom? Is this higher power eternal or is it only temporary? Is this higher power omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent? Can you say this higher power truly loves you and cares about you and has your best interests at heart? Does this higher power care if you succeed or fail in life?
Look, I could go on and on with these questions, but the truth is this: there is indeed a Higher Power. He is God (Jehovah, and in a later note I will go into more detail about various titles/names of God). To those who ask, "If we were created, then who created God?" He was not created. He is eternal. He is from everlasting to everlasting. He is a heavenly Father who sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to live a sinless life so He could be the One to die on the cross, taking on all of our sin, deal with the punishment and the pain, nail the sin to the cross, and rise again in three days.
When we receive Christ, we are born again and are given new life. Salvation is free to us, but it is not cheap. It was very costly. Jesus is God the Son. After His resurrection and ascension to the throne to sit at the right hand of God the Father, He sent His Holy Spirit to abide with us forever. Yes He has moral absolutes. Yes He deals with sin in our lives. He does not want us separated from Him for eternity. God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 33:11).
Yes God is worthy of worship, honor, glory, and praise. Yes we should pray to Him and bow to Him and reverence Him in our hearts. He does want an intimate relationship with us. He gave us His Word in the form of the Bible to let us know Who and how He is, what life is all about, what has happened in history, what things are happening now, and what will happen in the future, and what He expects from those who choose to follow Him. He gave us His Word to encourage us, to strengthen our faith and trust in Him, to let us know He will always be there no matter what. He does love us and does care if we succeed or fail in life. When you receive Christ He will give you peace that surpasses all understanding. When we do wrong, the Holy Spirit will convict us. But it's for our growth and discipline.
Christ has a name that is above every name because He defeated death, hell, and the grave. He is the Head of the Church, His bride, who should be daily making herself ready for His return. Yes He is coming back for judgement and to reward those who have been faithful to Him. And EVERY knee will bow and EVERY tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father. Yes, He has a kingdom, and He wants us to rule and reign with Him. But in order to be a kingdom citizen, you've got to receive Jesus Christ the King of kings and Lord of lords.
Will you choose to put away this abstract "higher power" thinking and receive the real Person of Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord? This decision is so important. Where you spend eternity literally hangs in the balance.
Believers in Christ don't follow Him today just because He was a great teacher and prophet. Believers don't follow Him because He was crucified. The Romans crucified thousands of people. Believers follow Jesus because He did what no other person did: He died AND rose again in three days for us. It was so we could experience reconciliation with a holy and just God.
We deserve the ultimate punishment for our sins: death (separation from God for eternity), but Jesus took the worst punishment in our place as the sacrificed Lamb and made the ultimate atonement for our sins. Jesus didn't come for a political revolution like the Jews in His day thought He would. Jesus came for a spiritual revolution. Jesus came to make dead people live. The question is: Are you really alive?
We can choose to be like the people in Capernaum, people of faith and anticipation (Mark 2:1-12), or we can choose to be like the people of Nazareth (where Jesus was raised), whose lack of faith hinders them from receiving the work of God (Mark 6:1-6). If we choose to stand in anticipation, we can expect that we will be led to invite others to our various churches to celebrate Resurrection Sunday, work to make our churches ready to receive them, and expect their forgiveness, healing, and restoration!
We all know at least one person who needs Jesus and if we are in a state of anticipation, we'll believe that He can make a huge difference in their lives. We'll be willing to inconvenience ourselves to share this great news, and we won't fear their resistance. The world needs to see the unity of the Church, the body of Christ, now more than ever. The greater our unity as believers in Christ, the greater our impact for the Kingdom of God.
On this past Friday, I had the great opportunity to see "God's Not Dead." I am indeed challenged by this film and I love it. I love how the movie touches so many issues, from dealing with atheism, to lack of concern for those who might be able to help themselves, to struggling with sin, to showing pride and arrogance, to being selfish and self-centered, to lack of faith, to what it means to stand up for the sake of the Gospel, to not be afraid to share Gods' truth even when it seems like everyone is against you, to dealing with going from a Muslim culture to a Christian one, to dealing with making tough decisions about relationships, to expressing oneself through music, and more.
Now that I have seen this powerful and gripping film, I want now more than ever to help people to understand that God is real, He loves them so much, He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to die for us on the Cross to rise again, in order to reconcile mankind back to God. Jesus said "I am the Resurrection" (John 11:25). He can turn any dead situation around for good!
And one more thing, I am a believer in Christ Jesus and I will never be ashamed to say it (Romans 1:16)!
If you have yet to see God's Not Dead, it is a must-see! So go see it!
I just want to encourage and inspire as many people as I can for Jesus Christ.