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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Is this God's Will?

Paul asks this question is the book of Acts and in some of his letters in the Prison Epistles.  It is a question that we should be asking as Christians as we live out our life every day.  We have to examine and ask God does God want us share about him certain situations as well as where he is leading us in life.
In my life this applies in asking and looking at specific ministry jobs that he is leading me to.  God is calling me to ask him the pertinent question, "Is this where you are leading or "Is this where you are leading me."   In these instances, I am also asking God, "Is this a great fit for me personally."  I am seeking God's direction as to where God will use me the best when I am asking these questions.  They seek to show an introspective on God's greatness and leading.
In reading the book of Acts lately God has revealed to me that I need to ask this question for often.  Jesus says in Matthew 7:7-8 and Revelation 3:20 if we seek him then it will be given to you.  When we seek after God then he will provide for us in life.  Lastly, in Matthew 6:33 Jesus says, "seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."  This truth reminds us that we are to be bold in serving and telling others about him then he will provide for us.
Lastly, this question can help us trust God more.   It will help put our struggles in whatever we are waiting on and help remind us the God is in control.  This question can further embody our trust in God and our ability to abide in our relationship with Jesus Christ.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Singleness

Singleness and finding the right person for you has to be the hardest thing alive.   Sometimes you think that this person is the right fit while other times this one is.  When it doesn't work out at times, God still encourages you and shows you he will provide for you.
Singleness allows you to be the person that you want to become in life.  It helps you realize that you are content in Jesus Christ alone. It reminds you that you are desperately dependent on Jesus for everything in life.  As Christians, Jesus is the only thing that gives us joy in life.   You realize that it is necessary to cut out the useless things in your life that pull you away from Jesus Christ in your life in order to become you who want to marry become.
Singleness helps reveal the person we should be pursuing in marriage when that time comes.  I thought opposites attract but this one relationship I was trying to make work ended up not working out. When you start a conversation the person talking back has to talk back as well.   Also, the person you marry has to have similar interests and passions.   If they do not have similar passions and interests there will not be a connection.
Lastly, remember that God providing you a life will happen in his timing.  It is really frustrating being single in your 20's.  Being single in your 20's is about maturing and God's leading to the woman/man that he has for life.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Desperately Dependent on Jesus

Reading through the Discipleship Focus study on reminded me of how much I need to be desperately dependent on God for everything in life.  John 15:5, says "without depending on our relationship with God we can do nothing" of eternal significance.  This means we need God every hour of the day for all things in life.
God calls us to depend on him for our thought life.  In Psalm 19:14, King David says, "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in your sight, O Lord my Rock and my Redeemer." King David acknowledges the our thought life and the things that come out of our mouth has to be acceptable and pleasing to God.  God calls us to surrender all desires that are not of him.  In 1 Corinthians 6:20, Paul reminds us that we are bought with a price.
In another aspect, we have to be desperately dependent on God for God's will for our life.  God promised a future in the Israelites in Jeremiah 31:11.  He helped them see through the prophet Isaiah that he will restore all things to the people and give them a future.  This is a promise that I need to remind myself of when I am asking for God's guidance on a future ministry position.  God has been using the past couple years in a small part time volunteer role at church and he will use me in whatever full time position he leads me to.
Lastly, Proverbs 3:5-6 helps us trust God with these struggles with our future.  This verse helps remind us to trust God with all we have.  Also, it helps us see that God will lead us when we trust him with the future.
I hope you are encouraged about this blog.  These are some things I am struggling with and God is teaching me right now.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Godly wisdom

Godly wisdom leads to insight, understanding, abundant life, and a fear of God.  These things give us direction when we follow God's ways.  These certain characteristics are a result of living a godly life.
The fearing God aspect of godly wisdom is an important aspect of godly wisdom.  When we fear God we revere him as Lord of our life.  This means we honor him when making our decisions.  In this, we ask for his direction in all that we do.  In putting God first in fearing God we are seeking God's ways not ours.
Insight and understanding are a by-product of godly wisdom.  When we seek God's ways, then he gives us insight and understanding for a certain decision.  Seeking Godly wisdom leads to a life of understanding where God wants us in life.  God gives us insight to where he wants us to go.  Lastly, he gives us understanding about this decision for our life.
Lastly, overall God gives us abundant life when we rely on Godly wisdom.  This abundant life includes insight, understanding, humility, grace, and abundant life.  John 10:10, says "the theif comes to kill and destroy but I have come to give you life and life abundant." Jesus' desires is for us to rely on his ways not our ways.  Godly wisdom gives us guidance and direction in life.
What decision in life do you need to rely on Godly wisdom? What other sources of wisdom are you seeking?

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Romans 8:28-29- suffering for his glory

God has used hard circumstances in my life to conform me to his image.  Through these trying times he has molded me to the person he wanted me to be.  These times have helped me mature in my walk with Jesus Christ.
God used my driving struggles in high school to conform me to his image.  He used that time of suffering in my life for his glory.  Through that time, God pushed me closer to him.  God was still faithful even through those struggles.  God still worked in my life in a really hard time in my life.
God also used frustrating circumstances after I graduated from college to lead me to D-focus and shortly after that lead me to seminary.  D-focus helped me see how much I needed to depend and abide in Christ in all circumstances.  I grew in my walk with God in all aspects of my life.  God changed my circumstances from this YL year long internship to do D-focus.  D-focus helped change my outlook in my walk with God.
Also, after college God led me from doing Broadcast Journalism to seminary.  God showed me that he will use me to accomplish something bigger than myself.  He also helped me realize that I have gifts and talents that he wants to use for his glory.  He reminded me that despite my struggles his grace is sufficient for me.  He gave me the verse Ephesians 3:20 to help me realize that only God can do great things in me and not myself.
Lastly, it is important to remember that God will use things in our lives to conform us to his image.  God is bigger than we ask or imagine.  We have to trust in his plans for our life.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Gay marriage as a right

This post will not be posted online in any format because there are some that disagree with me.  I do not think gay marriage is a right for many reasons.  The first one being that if we say gay marriage is a right then that leads to polygamy/polyamory and bestiality as a right.  The second reason is the marriage is supposed to be a sacred covenant between a man and a woman.  
First, when we say that gay marriage is some kind of right this distorts the idea of what is a right.  The judges in the Supreme Court case made gay marriage a right out of nowhere.  This distortion leads some to say polygamy/polyamory is a right and bestiality.  Polygamy is having more than one wife and polyamory is similar but in an exclusive nature.  Bestiality is having sex with animals.
Second,  the Bible exclusively condemns homosexuality and in turn God would in turn be against homosexuality.  God ordained marriage to be a man and woman relationship to honor and glorify God.  In marriage, we are to love and serve one another like Christ loved us.  Gay marriage does not reflect Jesus or his church.  Gay marriage as a right would be honor God.
Now, let us speak the truth in love in this world that does not agree with us and fight the good fight for biblical truth.  God is on his throne and will judge the living and the dead.  We as Christians have to be ready love others and help people see how Jesus can set them free.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Resurrection

The Resurrection gives us a basis for our faith.  It gives us a foundation for our faith in Jesus Christ.   Without the resurrection, there would be no point of our faith in Jesus Christ.
Jesus rose for the grave to give us life in him.  He makes us alive in through our new life in him (Ephesians 2).  Our Jesus guides us through life's paths and leads us where we need to go.  He is our source and life when we need nourishment and rest.   Jesus gives us joy and lights our way  in times of sorrow.
Jesus has guides me every step of the way in my life.  I just need to trust that God is in control.  God's plan is bigger than my plan and his way is bigger than my ways.  If I trust him,  then he will show me the way.  God has a purpose for everything in my life.