My favorite thought

Rejoice in His name and not in your circumstances.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Oh how great it is when a believer dies!

   Oh how great it is when a believer dies!

   Some will say, WHAT??!!! How can it be great to lose someone you love?!!!
   After the loss of my friend Grandma Donna, it has gotten me thinking. She is so dear to me. It's  so hard to loss someone we love. Though we mourn and grieve for our loss of dear ones!! We miss them!! Though we should be rejoicing when a believer receives their call home to with the LORD!! We are not sad for them but rather over us missing them until we join them in Heaven.

   "He will swallow up death in victory, and the Lord GOD will wipe away all tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall He take away from off all the earth: for the LORD has spoken it. And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejopice in His salvation." - Isaiah 25:8-9

   Thinking about death of others you soon begin to think about your own. So I have decided to write up a will/testament letting my loved ones know what I want when I pass on. I don't want a funeral! NO people wearing black, being solemn... I want a Death Celebration!! I want a party!! I ban black, want to people to sing worship and my favorite songs!! I don't want people to be sad for me ever but, happy I am no longer in this fallen world but with my LORD GOD, my best friend who I adore. I am seeing my Granma Mary I miss you!!, my Grand Father who I never met, my Great-Grandma Cake who my Dad says I play piano like ( I want to play duet with her some day) and Granpa Bryan, my friend Steve, and my babies I can't wait to hold! OH THE JOY!!!

"O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you, I will praise your name; for you have done wonderful things; your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth." -Isaiah 25:1 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Examine Yourself! Do you have the Truth?!!?

           When Paul speaks of us to examine ourselves he is asking us to see if we are just saying we believe or do we truly believe. Paul says in :
2 Corinthians 13:5 Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you--unless indeed you fail the test?” ;

1 Corinthians 11:28 “But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup.”

             Are we doing lip service to our self, others, and most of all to God; saying “I believe in God and His Word” but are we putting our beliefs and words into actions?

James 2:19 “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”

            With this verse we should ask ourselves, "Do we say that we believe or are we We followers of Christ?" We love Him not to earn salvation but follow out of Love;

John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

            We don’t follow God to gain salvation, but follow to show how grateful we are for His salvation.

 Ephesians 2:8-10:
   8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
   9Not of works, lest any man should boast.
   10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

               It can’t be said any better than in 1 John 4:19   “We love Him, because He first loved us.”

So Let’s Check Ourselves!! Are we relying on our own selves and deeds, others acceptance, or on the sacrifice and grace of God? Is your life showing that we love God? More than being a God-believer - are you a God-follower?

Truth - Part One

Truth: (n)
truth [ trooth ]  
something factual: the thing that corresponds to fact or reality
true quality: correspondence to fact or reality
true statement: a statement that corresponds to fact or reality
Synonyms: fact, certainty, reality, actuality, veracity, verity
See full definition • Encarta World English Dictionary

I have been studying this word and what it means for a quite a few of months now. Many questions have come along with this word. I don’t know if you have heard of the Truth Project but you should check it out. It has really challenged my thinking, my beliefs, and my life. What do I truly believe? Is it Truth? Is it evident in my life? After doing the Truth Project at Church, and taking a Philosophy class through school, I truly had to ask these questions and they are not easy questions. I believe they are more emotionally harder than logically; because we as people do not want to look at their lives to see if they believing in a lie(s). Wanting to be blindly ignorant rather than admit we are wrong. As the sad saying goes, “Ignorance is bliss”. Such pride we have!   

Whether someone calls themselves Christian, another religion or even atheist, we all believe in truth. Truth in that we exist and have a physical body, that there is gravity to hold on the earth… I am going to step forward and I will able to stay on the ground to walk. Now does this go along with the belief in God? Even though someone may say there is no God, or/and that Jesus isn’t who he says he is: he is the first and only man who ever lived or with live a sinless life, died and suffered for our sins, and was risen from the dead. Does their belief change the truth? Is it like they fairytale of the fairies that our belief in fairies keeps fairies alive; so our belief in God keeps Him alive? I think not my friends. We all are accountable to God whether we say we believe or not. Romans 1:18-32 shows that everyone knows the truth of God. In verse 18-1918: For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19: because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.  Everyone knows that there is a God, and will be judged with this knowledge.  It is our pride that is the problem.  

John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

We should ask ourselves do we believe in the Truth? The Way? The Light? The Word? JESUS?

And what do we mean by believe? This belief will be adressed in TRUTH : PART TWO

On the final note of TRUTH part one:
    “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
                                                                                                         - John 8:32

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Don't Focus On You Past - Part 2

As Part 2 of Don’t Focus On Your Past (check out Don’t Focus On Your Past – Part 1)! I am reminded of the time as a young in the faith Christian where I asked God to see a miracle. I prayed for this quite a while. While in deep prayer and devotion one day, the LORD answered my prayer, "You are the miracle you seek!" WHOA!! I was humbled and put into my place.

"Remember His marvelous works that He hath done; His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth." -Psalms 105:5

Thank you LORD for reminding me where you have brought me from, also reminding me that since you made me into a new creation you will not leave me there.

I encourage you not to dwell on your past but rejoice in the marvelous work God has done, is doing, and will do in your life!! Let us be soft clay in the hands of God to mold us into what He is calling us to be.

Oh Thank you LORD for blessing me beyond measure! How Blessed it is to see your marvelous works and wonders!!! Thank LORD!! In Jesus's name and Glory Amen.
I don’t know about you, but there are times when I feel like my past comes back to revisit me and haunt me. When others mistrust or shun me because of my past, or just me beating myself up. When I am down about where I am at, because of certain things that have happened or are happening in my life. I start to dwell on my past and looking backwards instead of looking forward towards my God. You lose focus and are brought down and begin to beat yourself up. As I was reading tonight I came across a verse that hit home to the core and I had to share what God is working out in me.

“Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:” - Exodus 6:6

Just like God delivered the Israelites from Egypt and slavery, He has delivered each believer from the judgment of their sins. As I read this verse so many more verses came flooding to my rescue. Oh How I love the WORD!!

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” -1 John 1:9

God makes us white as snow.

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” - Isaiah 1:18

Our sins can NEVER haunt us again. He sends them as far as the east is from the west. And just in case you don’t know exactly what that means, like I didn’t at first. It means that the east NEVER EVER meets the west.

“As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” - Psalm 103:12

We should remember where God has brought us from just as the Israelites needed to remember what God did for them.

“And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances. 21And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.” –Exodus 15:20-21

If you are a believer and you are feeling condemnation for your past know that this is NOT from God but from the devil and his lies from the pit of Hell. He has made the believer into a new creation.

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. “ -2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore there is no condemnation when we are in Christ Jesus.

”There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” - Romans 8:1-2

Lord, I thank you for making a way for me to know you. Thank you for opening my eyes and my heart to your truth. Thank you for making me a new creation in You and making me white as snow. You are victorious! Over the heavens, the earth and all creation! When You make a promise; You keep it, when You set something free it is FREE INDEED!! Press these verses on my heart and every time I second guess what you have done for me, help me remember what you have done and help me hold onto Your Word! In the name of Jesus who Saves, Amen.