Witnessing…Why Do That?

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The definition of witness is:

Attesting to a fact, a person who gives evidence of something specific, one who testifies, one who has personal knowledge of something, and to give public affirmation.

To witness for the Lord is to tell others these POWERFUL bible scriptures:

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Matthew 4:17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

Romans 10:9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

  1. You should tell others that God loves you and gave up His only Son for you so you can have eternal life.
  2. That you have sin in your life and fall way short of God’s glory and holiness.
  3. That you need to be real sorry and repent of your sin.
  4. That Jesus was born of a virgin mother, died, was buried and rose again from the dead for you.
  5. You need to declare this and believe in Jesus Christ so you can have eternal life.

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This is the bible basics of our faith. These are the things that Jesus and the disciples testified about. If these few scriptures were all you knew about your faith (and I hope this is not the case) and you went out and preached these scriptures you could turn this world upside down. We should be doing this! But are we?

Witnessing is testifying about what God has done for you and you telling others about the remarkable facts of salvation.

Why should we do this?

How should we do this?

The why..…The #1 reason is….  BECAUSE THE LORD ASKED US TO IN HIS WORD!!!!!!

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (This is God’s will for our lives)witnessing 2

God doesn’t need us to work for Him but He is giving us an opportunity to serve Him for our benefit as well as for others. He could’ve taken us home right after salvation but God chose to use us to bless others with the same opportunity that was afforded us.

The how….How requires 2 separate parts.

1. The first part of this answer is with the power of the Holy Spirit. He’s at the forefront of witnessing because He is the one who has already been speaking to that person’s heart to convict them of their sin and to accept Jesus. So depending on where that person is at in the process of seeking answers in their life is where you fit in. They may be ripe for the pickings or they might be at the beginning of the surrendering process. You have no way of knowing so just be available to the Lord.

2. The second part is that we should have a plan on how we will witness or testify of the Lords goodness and plan of salvation for their life.

There are many ways to do this such as:

  1. Straight up approaching someone directly and doing a one on one approach.
  2. Going out with an evangelistic group and doing things like street ministry.
  3. Casually using a friendship or relationship that you have with someone to get close enough with them until the Holy Spirit leads you to talk about the good news of the Gospel.
  4. Committing to praying for a person’s salvation.
  5. Using tracts

All Christians should have a plan to be a witness for the Lord. It’s not an easy thing to do in today’s world but there is a way and we must be ready and prepared. We must work in cooperation with the Holy Spirit. We should know the basic reason for our faith. We should be prayerful. We should be bold but not pushy.

I use to have a great deal of fear about witnessing but now I’m not fearful anymore. When I think about the eternal future of my fellow-man I feel I great compassion. Now that I’m older and see my time quickly passing, I want to spend the rest of my life making a difference in others’ lives so that they can have a chance for eternal life. So I figured out the witnessing style that works best for me and I have tried to perfect it. Allow me to share the way I approach sharing my faith with others.

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My pamphlet

This is my pamphlet

I call my way…”The Pamphlet”     

Many years ago my way of witnessing was to wear my “I love Jesus button” every single time I stepped out my house.  I had religious stickers on the bumper of my car. I was also armed with gospel tracts that I bought from a Christian bookstore. I did this for many years until one day the Lord told me not to use those things anymore. It’s not that there was anything wrong with them. The Lord said it was time for me to let my light shine. It was time for me to speak up about my faith. I was like…”YOU WANT ME TO DO WHAT GOD?” I felt like God pushed me into a crowd of people and said go for it. I did tell God that I was available so I happily obliged Him.   I did street witnessing with another church member every Saturday for a year. That was real nerve-wracking, but the more I did it the better I got. I gave out a lot of pre-made gospel tracks but I felt it wasn’t my story so I wrote my own personal story about my life and how I became a Christian. My wonderful husband made it into a pamphlet for me.witnessing 6

 

So what I do is I strike up a conversation with anybody about anything like the weather or that I like their handbag. When I finish talking I say this…” I’ve been through a lot and this is my story”. They take my pamphlet and say thank you. This works every time!!! I’ve given out 2,500 pamphlets and I just purchased a new box of 1,000 more. I leave them in stores and waiting rooms and I put them on bulletin boards… just everywhere I can. I’ve written a few different ones like one on my battle with depression and suicide and how God healed me.witnessing

Everyone has a story and there’s nobody better to tell it than you! You should testify of God’s goodness of how He got you though that hard time and the story of your salvation. This could be your way of being a witness for the Lord. Will you take some steps to prepare yourself to be a better witness?  Will you think about it and write your story or do any other thing to spread the gospel?

 

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How merciful is God?

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Matthew 27:44 The robbers who had been crucified with Him were also insulting Him with the same words.

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So you think you’re a dag gone King or something.  You’re a piece of trash you idiot!!!

 

Luke 23:39-43  One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!” 40 But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” 43 And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.

How merciful is our God?

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Son of God…have mercy on me!!  Please!

 

As I was reading and pondering the events of the crucifixion of Jesus I was thinking about how the two thieves crucified with Christ were bad mouthing, disrespecting (AKA dissing) Jesus. Both were involved in the insulting but something happened to just one of them. He had a change of heart, a change of mind and the recognition of who God was. He also recognized the kingdom of God. Wow…you would think it would take a lot of teaching to understand the kingdom of God and the justice of God too. He didn’t have time to read a bible or even be witnessed to by anyone. His time for being alive was almost gone. How did he figure all this out in the last minutes of his life?

I believe the power of the Holy Spirit was right there revealing truth and offering mercy from God to these two men. God was trying to offer salvation/eternal life to them right up to the bitter end but only one would accept the gift of salvation. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16) This promise extends throughout a person’s entire life right down to the last second.

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Remember Me Jesus!!!  Please!

 

I was so moved in my heart as I pondered the fact of God’s mercy and amazing grace and I will never stop praying for people that I’ve been praying for salvation for years. I also realized how many chances God gives everyone to make it to heaven. GOD IS SO MERCIFUL!!!

The death and resurrection of Jesus is for whosoever!! Whosoever means any person. Any person who will declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Jesus could have been crucified by himself but I believe God included the other two men to make a point.  God used this opportunity to show His mercy by offering forgiveness for the thieves on the cross.  He also showed mercy for the murderers present and for all of us humans who need a Savior.

(We should never assume anyone went to hell when they died.  I have been near death a few times and even though I was a Christian the first thing that came to my mind was to ask God to forgive me of my sins.  It’s a natural instinct that comes on you in the face of extreme danger. I know not all people will feel that way and they will die in their sinful state.)

This holiday season… lets remember how merciful God is. Jesus death and resurrection should affect us all day every day!  He commands us to remember!

Jesus offers us LIFE eternal. Thank you Jesus!!

Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

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CHURCH HURT !

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John 13:35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

I hear the words “church hurt” so frequently that I wanted to talk about it since I’m well acquainted with the term. It’s not a good feeling to experience church hurt because people become like family so when there is a problem in this relationship it can cut very deeply. Let’s first explain what church hurt is. It’s when the leadership, people in spiritual authority or church members knowing or unknowingly cause heartache to another member. This can be done by words, by slighting or backstabbing. It’s very painful to endure and can deeply affect the person, their family and friends. It can even lead to a church split.

It seems that this common trend is happening more and more. It’s a very old trick that the devil uses to divide the body of Christ and causes disunity. So this is in fact a spiritual battle. This problem is so common that I’m sure there would be enough books to fill a football stadium. The same enemy that affected the first humans and tried to separate them from God forever is the same enemy that is trying to separate us from God and each other.church hurt

What are some of the reasons one would cause church hurt?

  1. Jealousy
  2. Needing to be in control
  3. Lack of love
  4. The person doing the hurting is really a non-Christian
  5. Lack of obedience to the word of God/ lack of fear of God
  6. Power hungry, prideful and arrogant
  7. The person has mental issues
  8. Poor training or leadership abilities
  9. Trouble maker/bully
  10. Rebellious spirit

Whatever the reason it is not appropriate in the house of the Lord.

We must remember that God gave the church to Jesus and Jesus must be at the forefront of everything in our lives including our place of worship. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. Colossian 1:18

How we act reflects on Jesus. Jesus is the head of the church and not only does church misbehaving cause disunity in the body but it does a much more damaging thing. It’s a very poor example to the children of the church because they can sense what’s going on and it can lead a lasting impression on them. Plus it’s very damaging for trying to win souls to the Lord.

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Many years ago I invited an unsaved family member to my church and they picked up on the choir mess. They took note of the rolling of eyes in the choir, the whispering and such. What they told me was what I knew to being going on in the choir at that time. Many people dropped out of the choir and even left the church because of the choir mess.

I can tell you for sure that God is not pleased with this stuff at all because of this scripture verse:

1 John 4:20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.

Everything that Jesus Christ had ever done in His brief earthly life was motivated by Love. His love for His Father and His love for us!!! Everything I do in my life is also motivated by my love for my Father God. I want so much to please Him and I know the only way to do anything for Him is out of Love for Him and love for my neighbor. I admit I don’t always get this right or do it well but I can tell you that my motivational force is to please the Lord.

I’m going to keep it real simple here because this is not a complicated concept that God has given us to follow and do.

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These two scripture verses sums up what God expects and demands from us:

  1. John 14:15 “If you love me, keep my commands.
  2. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Now as I always say…”God don’t play”. This is what He has to say about you if you behave un-Christian like:

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

I ain’t gonna say nothin’ behind God’s word here! I know you get it….I hope.

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What can I do about this problem?

 

Now if this unfortunate thing called “church hurt “does happen to you…What can you do or what are your alternatives?

  1. Do this: (love)

But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Luke 6: 26-27

To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing. 1 Peter 3:8-9

  1. Do this too: (forgive)

Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times. Matthew 18:21-22

Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32

    3. Do this also: (pray)

 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Luke 6:28

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.1 Peter 5:7

 

 

Talk to the leadership about the problem. If the leadership is the problem you will have to pray to see if the Lord wants you to confront them. Maybe the alternative solution is for you to leave the ministry after a period of time of trying to work things out. It’s a difficult thing anyway you look at it. So very wisely try to resolve this problem.

I WANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT IN NO WAY SHOULD CHURCH HURT DISTRACT YOU FROM YOUR RELATIOSHIP WITH THE LORD!!! DON’T USE THIS AS A REASON TO STOP PRAYING, READING YOUR BIBLE OR WORSHIPING GOD!!!

Now that you have come to the conclusion after much prayer and you feel you have to leave…what now? As crushed as you feel I’m sure you’ll need someone to talk this over with just so you can release your hearts pain…but be very wise and find a trusted Christian friend not in your same circle of past church friends and just share and pray. You will really need this if you’re not married because married couples have each other to cry the blues with.

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Pray for God’s guidance and look for the Holy Spirit’s leading

 

Start researching about other churches or ministries that you can attend until you find something else that will suit your needs. Look on line and ask friends for suggestions. Don’t be in a hurry to join a new ministry but be wise and pay attention to what your needs are, the doctrine and the overall vibe of the body. Remember everyone’s very nice at first. Take your time…ask questions and be discerning without going into FBI mode.

Nobody ever forgets past heartaches, hurts and pains…it kinda stays with you….forever…but you can get PAST it for sure. You need to build on your love for the Lord and keep it moving.

Jesus was dissed by His earthly friends and followers big time… but what did He say at His death… “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do”. As they were painfully killing Stephen in the bible he said this… “Lord, lay not this sin to their charge.”

 

There is a lot of work to be done in the kingdom of God so let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Hang in there!! Don’t faint!

 

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Come on…get your booty off that floor and get out there and press forward.  You can do this!

 

 

 

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Are You a Servant of God?

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John 12:26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

 

I decided to write about the subject of being a servant of Jesus Christ. Why… you might ask? Because I feel that I need and maybe we all need to remember why we remain on the earth after our salvation experience. To put it simply…we are now working for God!

A servant is a…helper, follower and supporter of an important person, one who performs duties for a person in charge, a personal attendant, worker, hired help, steward, hireling, underling, an assistant.

 

We are not to be the one in charge but we should be a servant to the one in charge. We are not supposed to be out there making a big name for ourselves but we should be making a name for the one we serve. Our whole Christian walk is not about us and what we can get out of God.  It’s about what God can get out of us. This is all for our benefit in   preparation for our eternal life with Him. Some may ask… why don’t we just go to heaven after we get saved? We become servants after salvation and we assist in leading others to Jesus.

 

Mark 10:44-45 and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all. 45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

There is a word in the above scripture verse that really quickened me down in my spirit and that word is “even”. Even Jesus who is the Son of Almighty God served. Even He knew His place and duty down here on earth. Even He knew He had a job to do for Father God. “Even” we have a job to do for God.

The older I get, the more I pray and study God’s word… I’m realizing the purpose for my existence and the reason for my stay on earth. Excuse me for putting it this way…I want to work my butt off for God!!!! Now that I know who I am and what my whole life is about… I KNOW what I need and want to do. My life is and has been dedicated to serving my husband, my 6 kids, my parents, family, friends, acquaintances and strangers in obedience to Gods word.

Galatians 5:13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.

I need people to see Jesus in my life and the only way to show them is to do what He did:

John 13: 12-15 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.

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Being a good servant means being keenly aware of the one that you are serving. Without knowing who’s in charge one might begin to take control of things. They might take over authority. They could abuse power that they don’t really have. Worse yet they may get puffed up and accept credit for any successes.

Paul makes it clear who he is as he makes these statements several times in the bible…” Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ.” “Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus”.

John the Baptist made this statement:

Act 13:25 As John was completing his work, he said: ‘Who do you suppose I am? I am not the one you are looking for. But there is one coming after me whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.

See people will try to follow you because John said “who do you suppose that I am.” He knew that they what they were thinking about him and that they might want to follow him. But John was a Worker and was trying to complete his job here on earth. He could have taken a little credit here and told these men to come and join his group but instead he told them of the master… his employer. He humbled himself by saying he was unworthy to even tie His employers shoes. What a servant John was!

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Jesus mother Mary said this:

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. Luke 1:18

What a woman of God! There was no doubt that she knew what she was!  A servant of God!!

The bible says we must be a servant and the Holy Spirit will help us accomplish this task all day every day. God WILL honor  us for serving. We will be rewarded too.

Don’t follow anyone who is looking for praise and adoration, but hang around with those with a humble and giving spirit. You don’t even need a lot of discernment for this…you will just know the difference between who wants to be served and who is serving.

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I’m seeing a vision right now….I see the Jesus high and lifted up and there is a very long servantline of people standing in front of Him.   They have servant’s outfits on with a towel on one arm and the other behind their back. They are saying…. “What can I do for you my Lord?” Jesus says something to each one and they leave Him. I asked Jesus what did He say to them and He said He told them to obey the word. He said He has told everyone what to do already. He said everyone was born with gifts and talents and then when we accept Him as Lord and Savior the Holy Spirit guides us in our gifting’s. We must obey God!!  We must serve Him!

Checklist for our job as a servant of God:

  1. We all have a gifts and talents naturally given to us by God. Think about yours.
  2. The bible gives us clear instruction in what we are to do for the kingdom. If we don’t know what to do, we should start by finding out what the bible says we should do.
  3. Walk with God so you will find it much easier to hear Gods voice when He by way of the Holy Spirit gives you direct orders for His divine purpose or mission.
  4. Make sure you are always prepared and ready to serve. Know your word, have tracks and bibles available, have your testimony ready and be prepared to share it, have a sharp eye for those divine appointments…in other words look for opportunities kingdom work.
  5. Make sure your house is in order. Have you ever seen a beautician with her hair looking busted and she wants to do your hair? We represent the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. You don’t need a Louis Vuitton handbag or Lexus SUV to witness  to someone… but a clean, humble, willing and dedicated heart.
  6. Be willing to get a little dirty. God may not start you at the top. He may want to see if you’ll be faithful with smaller task until He sees that He can trust you.
  7. Let love be your motivation in all that you do for God. Have passionate love for Him and love for others.

Looking back over the past day, week, month year(s) can you really say what you’ve done for the Lord? Maybe a little, a lot or nothing at all. We need to take our Christianity seriously. Being a servant is what a Christian is and who a Christian is. I pray this blog today will cause one to ponder and make adjustments if necessary. God bless you!

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Do Ya’ll know where I work?

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I just got a fresh revelation:

And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me;…John 16:8

He is the Holy Spirit.

The job of witnessing to the unsaved has already been accomplished by the Holy Spirit!! They already got the heads up….they got the memo about Jesus!!  So when we approach them they are already under heavy conviction!!  Oh how God loves his creations and they just reject him.  So non believers….they know… because the Holy spirit is already giving them pressure!  They are being rebellious!!!  THEY ARE TRULY WITHOUT EXCUSE!!!!

By the time we get to them they have been already telling God no for all their lives.

At some point we might get to witness to one of the unsaved whose heart is sufficiently softened and they finally want to believe!  I’m determined to find these people.  My heart breaks for people who reject God’s precious gift of Jesus who died because He loved them so much! God has done everything from sending the Holy Spirit to making it so that the earth itself reveals God.  Then God uses other Christians to reach out to them on top of all that!!   Again…THEY ARE TRULY WITHOUT EXCUSE!!!!work 3

These people don’t believe the good news or even want to hear about it.  But we…me and you…are walking billboards for Jesus with invisible signs on our chest saying…follow me to Jesus!  They don’t know that we are Christ workers empowered by the Holy Spirit to be representatives for the kingdom.  We walk around in stealth mode emitting an anointing of Christ love for them.  We zap them with our spiritual stun guns and either they fall down and come up new or they just shake it off and walk away.work gun

I punch in everyday for this job and work all day.  Pay is low now… but it has a GREAT pension plan!  I’ll be able to retire and live a GREAT life in the future.  In the meantime I must get back to work so talk to you later!

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I’m on the clock for Jesus!

The Choices we make

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I’ve been thinking a lot about the choices in life we humans have to make. A choice that we all have to make at some point in our lives is… should we chose Verizon wireless, AT&T, Sprint or Metro PCS! LOL!

Eve and Adam made a choice that affected all of us!! Not in a good way either!  Yeah… Eve made the choice first let’s list the blame in the right order.

The first choice we all ever made was to obey or disobey our parents. We were taught the difference between right and wrong.   At an early age we learned that our actions had repercussions. Our next important choice was when we heard about God and Jesus and we chose whether we were going to follow that lead or go another way. Some people were raised in situations that guided them on a different path but ultimately we all come across the story of Jesus Christ and decide to go with that, another god or no god.

Proverbs 21:19 Many plans are in a man’s heart, But the counsel of the LORD will stand.choice 1

But there are many other choices in life we also have to make. As they say we only have one life to live and will we make good choices for ourselves or bad choices? Most humans make a combination of good and bad choices.   God made a very good choice to create us. We were perfect in His mind and then we made a transition to a human body on earth and things drastically changed. We got…”free will”. Free will to make our own choices in life. What a responsibility!!! I would have rather had God make all my decisions but Gods plan for us doesn’t work that way.

One decision can change a person’s life for better or for worse. Many people sitting in jail are probably thinking about that. Many married people may think about that. Drug addicts and alcoholics I’m sure have thought about that. Zillions of people after their death will think about the choices they made.

Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.

Every day we have to make choices like what to eat, where to go and what to say. As a Christian I need the power of the Holy Spirit living inside of me to help me make good choices but being the human I am and having a nature that involves my flesh… I know that I’m susceptible of making some bad choices. This is why I must obey this scripture verse… walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16)

I myself am going to try to make better choices in every area of my life…like:

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In all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.  Prov. 3:6

 

 

  1. Food
  2. Money
  3. Friends, family and acquaintances
  4. What comes out of my mouth
  5. My actions
  6. My time
  7. Prayer time, mediation and Bible studying

I can achieve this goal with the help of the Lord!!!

The choices we make can severely affect our lives… especially our spiritual and eternal life. We alone are responsible for the choices that we make.

Father God…I pray for everyone who reads this blog today that they will be more aware of the choices they make in life. Myself included. Thank you Lord for giving us the bible and Holy Spirit to help us make good choices. Thank you for gently leading us back to a better place when we’ve made choices that wasn’t good for us or others.

God… for those who have made a choice not to believe in you and your Son Jesus…I pray for their mind to consider their choice and be open to the good news that Holy Spirit conveys to their heart, mind and spirit. I ask all this in Jesus name…Amen.

John 14:26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

 

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Hungering for God

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Psalm 63:1 A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah. You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.

I think I have always been hungry for God. I feel it is part of my DNA. My earliest memory of God is at the age of about 4 years old in Sunday school. I feel like I’ve always known that God is real. I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior at 12 years old. But it wasn’t until I became a committed Christion nearly 30 years later that I craved God so bad that it caused me to pray for about 8 hours a day every day for about 10 years.

When I found out that I could really talk to God that much and He would interact like that with me….I wanted to talk to Him all day every day! The following scripture verse is the scripture that triggered off this great reaction in me: 1 Corinthians 2:10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God..…hungry 4 God 2

That scripture verse helped me realize that the Holy Spirit in me can reveal the deep things of God. So I was like “God…I want to know everything about you that you can tell me!” I tried to go as deep into God as a human being could go and still remain on earth. I told God I wasn’t afraid of Him showing me stuff and that I believed everything the bible said about Him. I tried to read everything in the bible that described His personality and attributes.

I just could not get enough of God and that caused me to pray longer and harder. Psalms 42:1 For the director of music. A maskil of the Sons of Korah. As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.

My mother and mother in law thought I was a little crazy. My pastor’s wife told me that I prayed to hard. I was having lots of visions and unusual manifestations. I went to a local Christian book store and asked the clerk did she have a book on unusual manifestations of the Holy Spirit and she look at me like I was crazy. Another worker pulled me to the side and asked me what I was experiencing. She said she’d heard of it before and owned a collection of books from a woman who had similar experiences. She said she would send me a book from her collection and when I send it back she would send me the next one. After reading these books I knew I was on the right track and continued with my quest for more of God.

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I crave you God!!  I’m so hungry for you!!

 

I’M NOT SPECIAL!!!!! God will reveal Himself to whomever wants to experience more of Him.   A very unusual thing happened to Christians on the day of Pentecost.  They were filled with the Holy Ghost! We have the third person of the trinity inside of us. Wow!! We are inhabited by the Holy Spirit!  We can interact with God all day every day!!!!! Do you realize the intimacy we have with God? We can know Him intimately!!! Personally!! God doesn’t and won’t MAKE us have this relationship…we must WANT to have it with Him. We must hunger after him if we want to know Him. Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

 

Have you ever had to fast for a blood test? When that test was over you were starving. Or what about how we intentionally fast before the Thanksgiving meal so that we can pig out. All that food before us and we can hardly wait for the blessing to be said so we can devour all that great food. Well that’s how I feel about God. I could just devour him!!!!!!! I dream of the day when I will no longer hunger for Him because I will be with Him!!!

How is your passion for God? Don’t just view Him as the man upstairs because you will not be able to see yourself with Him now. He must be the man in here (I’m pointing to my insides) in your “mind”. Our interaction with God is in our mind for the main connection and the Holy Spirit will fill us up for a full bodily experience. But again…we have to hunger for God. He is always paying to attention to us. We have to pay attention to Him.

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Don’t wait until you get to heaven to have a close relationship with God…impress Him now with your hungering after Him! He will be so impressed that He will pour Himself out on you and you will experience Him. Some people’s excuse is that they are scared of the Holy Spirit. Some people have misrepresented the actions of the Holy Spirit…but God never makes anyone feel uncomfortable and He never makes a fool out of Himself. He’s too supernaturally intelligent for that.

So feel free to hunger for as much of God as you want!! Fill up! Psalms 107:9 for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

 

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