How did you get away from the life style you were in?

I had to view God as a real God who loved me for me. I had to know that it was okay for me to approach the throne and He still had grace and mercy for me. That He really forgave me for all that I did and didn’t do but was done to me.
I had to get into the word and believe the word of God about what it says about me. I had to understand that I am created in His image. I am a chose royal priesthood, a holy nation. I had to know my identity was in Christ and not in drugs, alcohol, promiscuity, and what men said about me.
I had to understand that just because I made a bad choice or the wrong path didn’t mean God gave up on me. He never gave up on me and used a tragic circumstance to show me that He was, is and always will be there for me. While I lay on the floor in a ball of tears begging for Him to spare my mom’s life he was sparing mine. He started my renewal at the very moment. I always say that God will turn to good what the enemy meant for evil. I don’t just say it to say it. I say it because I lived it and walk it out.

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Family

  I was speaking with a friend this Easter Sunday about what family is to each of us. To me family is my immediate family like my Husband, kids, and the cat. We also have extended family which is our church family, some closer then others but still family. I was always told you can pick an choose your friends but you can’t pick and choose your family. I have to say in my case they are sadly mistaken to think I couldn’t pick and choose my family. Sometimes our blood family just doesn’t work out for us. I always describe it as a round peg trying to fit in a square hole. It’s just impossible to get it in but sometimes we continue to try.

Our view of what a family is can be misrepresented by what society says should be the norm. I see family as loving, always supportive, accepting of all members no matter how they were brought into your family and having your back no matter what. I  unfortunately was not given that opportunity and choose to walk away. Sometimes we choose to leave out of fear, anger, and rejection. I’m no longer fearful, I’m no longer angry and rejection has no hold on me. I’m saddened that at this moment there is no way to reconcile but I know God has a plan and one day we will.

I choose the life style I live but a friend of mine didn’t. She is actually on the receiving end of it. Her one and only immediate family member chose to walk away. Unlike me, her sibling never wrote a letter explaining her decision she just chooses to take stabs randomly making sure her sister stays as far away as possible. This has really made me stop and choose my words carefully about the situation. Things like, she’s running, or she’s angry came to mind but what stuck out the most is she’s hurting just like her sister but chooses a different way of dealing with it. This circles back to my quote ” God gave us a free will and we all make choices good and bad. We ultimately  have to deal with our choices ”

Thank you Jesus I am happy, whole and full of the Holy Spirit.

Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Debating the Bible 

The famous debate of do we read King James or New King James? Read the one that you understand. 

Do we take the word literally or do we interpret it to what we feel it says? Remember you need to look at the book, chapter, verse before and after, time, and the people being addressed at the time.  

I first want to make a disclaimer here that I in no way claiming to be a great debater on this subject. In fact I could probably use a few classes and some more reading but at this point in my life this is what I know to be true to me. I challenge anyone to try and convince me that Jesus isn’t real, because based on my own life experiences I would have to calmly disagree. Now I’m not expecting my own experience to change your heart, especially if you have never lived the former lifestyle I lived.

In the great debate of religion or the bible these are all valid questions. There is a correct answer to each of them. The answers depend on the circumstances of the person asking but always steer them to the ultimate goal and that is Jesus Christ. If we loose sight of Him we have lost sight of all reasoning when answering these questions. The word says ” Ephesians 2:19-20 (NKJV) Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone.” We have all been given a talent and a task and not all of us were called to pick up the great debate sword and go after people who in our eyes are misled by false prophets, teachers, and preachers. Just as the great apostle Paul wrote In Acts 12-1-2(NKJV) “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” The war has been fought and won and not one human being is going to change the heart of another on who Jesus is or what they should believe. The only one that can do that is the Holy Spirit. 

I have yet to find a verse in the bible that says I need to debate just because I like to and never once in the bible did I read of Jesus getting so upset with someone that He wanted to lop off the ear of a unbeliever, Oh wait that was Peter and Jesus told him to put down his sword “Matthew 26:52 (NKJV) But Jesus said to him, “Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword”. This would be the perfect example of man showing another person how not to believe and it’s called faithless faith. You as a human have no faith in the Holy Spirit that He has the power to change a mans heart and He needs you to do it. If you can’t debate the word in love then you have perverted the whole message with your own sin

I as a believer hang on the the word that says ” for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23. I’m not against debating the word of God I believe its healthy and a great opportunity to grow in it, but what I am against is making slanderous accusations against men of God that are preaching the word of God based not on your experiences but short articles and blurbs without ever reading their books on it or making a conscious effort to listen to them. So instead of picking us a sword and wheeling it around looking to pound Jesus into them, pick up a bible and read what God has to say to you and you alone. Trust me He will put your task before you, we have no need to go and search it out. He has also given us a helper the Holy Spirit to help us work out that task in this journey we call life. Philippians 2:12-13 “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.