Archive | October, 2015

Amazing Grace!

19 Oct

Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind but now I see.

~by John Newton

Man has always had a problem with grace and the ego of man has always wanted to add works to the message.The free gift of salvation apart from works, has always (Acts) and will always (Revelations) be difficult for our ego (pride) to comprehend. Sin is at the beginning of man (Genesis) and will not be finished until the Son comes again (Revelations). Oh, how I long for that glorious day!

Christ said:
Matthew 11:30(NKJV)”My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

My strength comes from Him, the Law is the truth and my guide, the law is not my salvation. The Holy Spirit convicts me and leads me along the path He laid before me. I surrender (ego, pride, self) and keep my eyes on Him. Nothing I can ever do, nothing any teacher teaches, will ever amount to what He does and will do when I submit. I don’t need to name it, I don’t need to have another man’s discernment, no! He as the Holy Spirit in me, discerns. Nothing, not works, not a sinless life, but humbly and desperately seeking to give glory to Him, every moment, every thought, every heartbeat.

Oh how wonderful, how powerful, how great is HE! I love Him that loves me so! This sinner; this awestruck, hope-filled, grateful, obedience driven, humbled, lifted, convicted sinner.

Colossians 1:21-22
21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight—

Ephesians 2:1-5 (NKJV)
By Grace Through Faith
2 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

Romans 5:10(NKJV)
10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

2 Timothy 2:1 (NKJV)
Be Strong in Grace
2 You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

2 Corinthians 9:15 (NKJV)
15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJV)
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
Amazing Grace is merciful to the core. Salvation is never lost! Guard your heart! Don’t get sidetracked!

2 Thessalonians 2:16(NKJV)
16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace,

Continue reading:
Romans 3:19, Romans 5:10, 2 Corinthians 5:18-20, Colossians 1:20-22,1 Timothy 2:1-17, Acts 15:1, Galatians 2:4-5,1 Corinthians 1:30, John 4:10, Acts 8:20, Romans 11:6, Romans 15: 15-18, Revelations 21:6,Ephesians 2:1, 1 Corinthians 2:14, John 9:39, Ephesians 2:8-10,1 John 1:8-10, John 10:29, Revelations 22:17, John 3:16, 1 Corinthians 3:12-15, 1 John 2:28, 2 Corinthians 8:9, 2 Corinthians 9:15,Colossians 4:6, 2 Thessalonians 2:16, 2 Timothy 2:1,2 Corinthians 8:9, Romans 6:1-23, Romans 5:12-21, Ephesians 2:8

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

6 Oct

A Time for Everything
1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NIV

Every season must come to an end. After a very long decision making process, I have decided to leave Social Media.

Facebook has been a great source of support and comfort for me. Facebook has kept me connected through times that were truly some of the most difficult. It has been a great source of entertainment, laughter, glimpses into the circle of life that we all share. I have loved it!

As my journey in faith has brought me to many new places, many new challenges, it has also brought to me new people. All were important for new growth.

I have learned so much and been brought along side such incredible people. Each place, each new person met me exactly where I was at in my journey and walked side by side with me as I navigated new waters. Yet, even as I journeyed, moving to new places, I was able, through Social Media, to still be visible and to stay in touch with my roots: My family, my friends, my anchors in faith, and my shepherds.

Now is a new time, a new place; a new step in my journey to become Holy. God has slowly been paring down my distractions. Even falling in love has been a huge lesson in distraction. He is slowly bringing me to a new level of relationship with Him. Oh my gosh, when I think of my crooked pathway to this place! He is showing me now, that I am to stand alone, with Him. To know I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)

He has removed the burden of not having enough provision. He has blessed me with a wonderful job, with great purpose. He has allowed testing to take place and honestly, I am not doing so great on the outcomes initially, but I turn back to Him quicker and quicker. I have found the weaknesses in my faith.That said, praise a God so wonderful that He constantly walks side by side with me as I ride the waves of pure trust and self reliance.

Knowing your weakness gives God power over your sin, rather than Satan. True humility, transparency and confession is so essential to remaining in close relationship with Him. We don’t change us, He does.

He has walked me through the desert, left me alone to find my way back to Him, and He has blessed me. I have been so alone, but not until I was strong enough to actually be alone. He brought me reminders by my dwelling places. He knew I would look to the skies and see His hand. He has blessed me with incredible reflective places of peace. Places to sit with Him and just be still with Him. Reminders in the hard times, that He is still with me.

He wants to quiet my mind, still my mind and heart. I can’t do that with the constant barrage of information. Distraction is not of God.

We are not called to judge as He is the only judge. However, we are instructed to weigh, evaluate and discern what is righteous, what is good, what is true.

I have weighed, evaluated and discerned that Social Media is no longer healthy in my walk. God needs me to still my input, so He can begin to build on His plan for export in my life.

I do not have visions, I am not a prophet, nor a teacher. I am a learner. I am a seeker of truth and justice. I am flawed and most of all, I am saved.

I question myself at times. Do I really know what the Holy Spirit wants me to know? I guess, in all honesty, questioning our own true validity is God inspired. We should test our hearts and our thoughts against truth at all times. Truth is in THE Word of God, not within our opinions.

The Word of God speaks to each of us differently at different times in our lives. God meets us where we are at and provides to either the mustard seed or the greatest of knowledge.

Our hearts are what God cares most about, not our knowledge, but seeking wisdom from God is essential. If we are so busy sharing or caring about what others are saying, how can we hear God? I am not that talented. So, with that, I will be slowly removing social media from my world. Spending more of my free time, in my favorite place to be, prayer and study.

I am looking forward to this new step in my journey with apprehension, with excitement. God bless you.