Honesty

You have been all the way to broken, lost all sense of where to go in life, but love is still the answer and it is never to late to be rescued. Pain is just an anchor that holds you down at the bottom of the sea but you can have the anchor cut free. Many of us have an anchor holding us down, but we do not even realize it. We have gotten so used to being at the bottom that it just seems normal to us. It feels as if we have no sense of where to go but we no longer care.

A lot of times we do not even know that we have an anchor tied around us dragging us to the bottomcut-the-anchor-loose or holding us back in life. Be honest with yourself. Take stock of what is going on in your life, we all have kryptonite in our lives which forms an anchor holding us back. Find out what it is and what is holding you back.

We all cope with life in different ways, but be honest, do not be scared to move and ask for help. God is always in control, ask God for help. He is the chain breaker in life, he is the one that will pick that anchor up and throw it as far as the east is from the west.

You can carry the past on your shoulders or you can start over with help from God. The choice is yours. You may think there is no hope but Jesus saves! Regrets will hold you back. Come to God for help, find a church and plug yourself into it, talk to your pastor and family.

Jesus will take that anchor and throw it away. Be honest with yourself, do not deceive yourself into a lie. Once your honest with yourself, give your burden over to God. Once that anchor is cut loose, you will only propel forward.

Love is the answer.

Where is the love of Christ anymore? Gee, I honestly don’t know anymore. Everytime you turn on the television, all you see is hate. On Facebook you’ll see Christians constantly fight with each other over differences in minor theology. This world is sure in a down spiral. Christians are supposed to be the world changers , the dreamers, those who spread the news of Christ, but from what I’ve seen; it’s no wonder many are leaving or running away from Christianity.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a pessimistic view on life and society. I’m very optimistic that the love of Christ will start shining through his creation, but only if we let the spirit of God flood his church.
Let’s stop hating other people, lets stop putting other people down. Love is the answer, not hate. As I sit here and think, it hurts my head because it confuses me so much on why there is so much hate.

Here where I’m from, America, we proclaim to be the greatest Christian nation but it is not reflected in the way our society acts. It’s time for not just the young millinieals to start standing up for what is right, but it is time for everyone to link arms and sing one unified song underneath the flag of Jesus Christ.

My philosophy is, if it doesn’t affect the gospel of salvation , stop fighting about who is right over small stuff. Lets unify under Christ and make this world a better place. 

Love is the answer for everything, not hate. 

Finding God in the midst of your trials.

I see you going through trials in your life. The pain and struggles you are facing, relationships falling apart, working 60 hours to make ends meet in your household. I see you losing hope, joy and peace. It seems as if the storm clouds wont part and the waves wont calm.

If we want to find God in the midst of our storm we must realize that it is not about us and that we must look in the right place for him and know how to respond to his voice. Our trials are not about us, the ” woah is me me me” attitude needs to go. The sooner we realize that God is molding us into his image for his glory, more we will recognize God in our strife. How are clay pots created? They are refined in fire to be molded into the likeness that its creator wants it to be in.

Isaiah 64:8 ESV

But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand

 

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We are Gods workmanship.

 

Once we realize that God is molding us into what he wants us to be in our trials, we need not look in the wrong places for God. We can not be getting caught up in the cares, woes and worries of the world; we can not get caught up in a pattern of overthinking our current situation. What happens when we focus on the trial we lose focus on who God is. We can not get so caught up in the midst of our despair and miss Jesus’s hand that is reaching to us because we are no longer focused on looking for him.

In your trials, once you stopped making it about yourself and started understanding that God is making you into a better person and that it is about him and not you, and once you start focusing on looking for Jesus and stop focusing on your own despair, then hearing Gods voice in the storm will be much easier. Let the holy spirt counsel you, let Gods presence into your struggle and let him do the work that only he can do. Count it joy for the trial, because that is when we most often come to the understanding of the power of our God.

 

I see you struggling, I am praying for you and declare victory over your life in Jesus name. Jesus did not leave you as an orphan, he left us his spirit and it is crucial that you allow the spirit of God to flow through you like a river. God is good. Stay the course, keep the faith.

When God says no

Sometimes God will tell you no, he will decline your prayer request and say “Son, Daughter; my answer is no.” When this happens we are at a crossroads. We can either take offense to God and be angry or we can pursue after the will of God and find peace in his answer.


How do we find peace in the instance of God saying no? I mean, you prayed for God to get you that new job and then God slammed the door shut in your face, how are you supposed to be happy and find peace? We first need to remember that God is God and we are not God and that his ways are above ours. He sees the future, we do not; he lays out the foundations of our life, yet our ways lead to destruction! Why does God have to say yes, if that is the case we are God and he is not. See if your God never disagrees with you then your worshiping yourself.


God sees into the future while we do not, God may see that job leading you into self idol worship while you do not. God may see a different job for you where you get to witness to others yet you do not see this in the future. God says ask and it will be given unto you as long as what you are asking for is within his will. So if God says NO to you; then we are to know that what we prayed for was not in his will. He has something much better for you.


Do not take offense to God when he tells you no. Years ago I wanted to be apart of a youth leadership team. God told me no and to leave that church. I was flabbergasted at this. Come to find out, the youth group turned into petty fights and left God; God wanted to remove me from that situation before it even happened to me. God knows what is best. Put your trust in him and remember God is not your fairy God mother giving you all your wants. He will give you all your NEEDS not wants. He is for you not against you.

 

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The great unknown

Often times I ask myself, “Jessee, are you living for God to your fullest potential? Are you letting God lead you into the great unknown asking God for the impossible or am I just living a comfortable do nothing christian walk” Another way I can put it is, am I only willing to serve God where I am comfortable? Am I chasing the dreams that God put in my heart or am I to afraid of the unknown and give up.


While reading a devotional that pastor Steven Furtick wrote, something stuck out to me on what he wrote, “If your not asking God to do the impossible then your missing out on the best parts of your christian walk.” When your in the word of God reading about the great men that God used; Moses, Noah, John the Baptist etc. how often do you find yourself having the same level of faith that the men of old had. If God said to you that you will split the red sea to save his people; would you believe that you could do that or would you back away because such a great task is out of your comfort zone.


In my faith I am finding that I am afraid of the great unknown. I have all these dreams and hopes that God has instilled on my heart to do and the great unknown is; will I ever be able to do what God has called me to do or will I fail and fall short?


Ask God to perform the impossible in your life. If your struggling in life and you do not think you will ever achieve what has called you to do; call out to God to perform a miracle. One of the greatest stories in the bible was when Joshua was at war. He knew that day he needed to defeat the enemy but he knew if the sun were to set; then the enemy would escape. Joshua prayed to God for the impossible and God allowed the sun to not set. It was the prayer that made the sun stand still. I earnestly believe God can still perform those very same miracles in your and my own life.


They say, with the faith of a mustard seed, that you can move a mountain and I want a faith like that.

 

 

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Forgiveness 

​We all make mistakes and cross that line. We all mess up and fall and burn bridges. Our hearts all have been broken; and we all have broke hearts. Guilt does a job on everyone’s soul; that guilt though is the holy spirit nudging on your soul to call out for forgiveness. Who are we to call out to forgiveness for? Well..God; we have all wronged God.
Who has? Surely not me you may say, but the word of God says for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. We all need forgiveness; were all holding onto the guilt of something terrible we have done. The good news is Jesus hung on a bloody cross for us so that we may be forgiven. Just cry out to Jesus and let go of the guilt. Nothing is sweeter then the day we find forgiveness. No matter how lost you are; your not to far for the grace of God to find you.

You can go and play it like nothing has ever happened but you can bet that when your head hits that pillow at night it’ll be on your mind. You’ll be fighting that guilt and you’ll be fighting that emptiness. Don’t hold onto to it; give that weight to God. Your never to far gone.
John 3:16

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God verses our gods

We live in such a rampant society filled with meaningless things that become an idol to us and distract us away from God and the things he has planned for us. Everywhere we go we are blasted with our most favorite interests; either it be football; baseball; or the new album by our most favorite bands. How often will we miss church and worship time with God just to see the Detroit lions lose once again (sorry Detroit fans haha). How often will we not attend midweek service because it is too cold out or our favorite show is on. How often will I stay up playing that new video game when God is telling me to spend time with him. How often will you or I spend 20 dollars for that extra bottle of wine but not pay the tab of the seemingly poorer person in line behind us who is fumbling through their last penny. 

Anything that we decide to serve or do over the will and love of God is serving another god; our own selfish desires. We are the body of Christ; the church. Each member of the church or us, the people have different roles to play. Some of us are called to be the arms of Christ to reach out to the poor and homeless while others are called to teach and others to heal. Why are the homeless not being helped to the capacity that they should be? Why do we have sick in the streets and why are small amount of christians; dare I say it;  illiterate in the knowledge of Gods word- the bible. Why is no one teaching the word of God anymore? Of course these questions are rhetorical but, the point remains. 

Now, I do not want to sound like a downer; many of us are serving God in the greatest capacity that we can. What I am simply trying to say or do is to bring attention to serving Gods will above what our desires are. Maybe the lions will be super bowl champions; maybe not; but do not let football or whatever society feeds us distract us from the will of God and become idols within our own lives. God is great and magnificent and deserves to be praised in all areas of our life; in the grocery store, watching the lions lose and not swearing at the television and also in our churches, God alone needs to glorified. 

 

Sincerely I do hope the lions win because I’m from Michigan

 

 

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