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Prepared Hearts ❤️

It seems like ever since this pandemic has invaded our world. Some people seem to be walking on eggs shells. Others have tend to become more aggressive and even more direct to others who they don’t personally know because they fear being close to someone else who’s not wearing a mask in public places, so they act out in rage and out of anger. I often wonder, if some of us would act any differently if we knew the pandemic was coming and we could have prepared for it. Most people would take heed as they begin to prepare properly in order to take care of themselves and their loved ones. And then there are those who won’t prepare because they just too foolish to listen to the warning. Unless they smell the smoke they won’t believe that there’s fire. In John beginning in chapter 15:26 through chapter 16. We find Jesus preparing his disciples for his departure. He tells them how they will feel once He’s no longer with them. He tells them if he doesn’t go then the Advocate, The Holy Spirit cannot come. He also tells them in verse 20 of chapter 16. Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices You will grieve, but your grief will into joy. Go down a little further in verse 23 where he tells his disciples. In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked me anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. Jesus tells them what to expect once the process begins from the beginning to the end. Then Jesus says something very comforting to them. In verse 33. He comforts them by saying, I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. Our peace is found in our savior, our redeemer. Even in a pandemic we have a reason to rejoice because our God is always good. He is always faithful and on time. He speaks to us personally to prepare our hearts for everything that lies ahead. He has never failed us, as long as we never fail to listen to him. Because of Jesus we now have access to the Father. And that’s better than anything this world can ever offer us.

I didn’t know

Only God is all knowing. He knows when He’s going to bless you and what very moment we will see our most anticipated long waited prayers answered. My life was changed just when I met someone special. There was no indication this wonderful person would come my way. It wasn’t the same for me. Unlike it would have been for someone who had ordered a from package Amazon. There was a classy way she appeared when she simply said hello and introducing herself by name. There was no way I knew my life would change shortly afterwards. For the next few days we chatted and enjoyed each company. We even celebrated her by birthday together. That was the day our lives changed. Our relationship was born the same day. She became my woman and I became her man. She’s everything and more I ever asked God for in a girlfriend. We pray together, support each other in our goals and dreams. She’s not only beautiful outside but she also has a heart of gold on the inside. She’s my love ❤️. I love her more with each passing day. I realize I don’t usually write blogs like this. It’s out of the norm for me. I should be writing something faith based right? Well, if you have waited like I have, this still something very much faith based. I never quit believing God to bless me to meet that special lady. She’s here and I’m going to enjoy every moment with her while I’m alive. Thank you my love for invading my world 🌎❤️. I love you…

He cares❤️

Today my mind is racing faster than I really need it too. Sometimes when you have so many different personalities around you on a day to day basis. A person can become easily overwhelmed. I try to stay positive for the most part. However, it’s  important for us as believers to remember, no matter whatever else is going on in our lives. 1Peter 5:7 NKJV says this: Casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you. I love this scripture!!! It reminds me my God is love, and because of His love I am free. I am free to live, I am free from a life sinful living. And most of all, I am free to worship. When I stop and think about how good He’s been to me.

I know it’s because He cares ❤️

Now is the time.

Sometimes I need to get away from everything and everybody so I can examine my own heart. Before I started working on this latest blog, I had just finished listening to a sermon by Francis Chan on YouTube. I love listening to him because he’s one of those people who challenges me in my walk with Jesus. And the reason I love to listen to him is because his messages always reminds me how to keep the main thing the main thing. And that the main thing is it’s all about Jesus. Then I pondered on what day it is. It’s resurrection Sunday, a day when we celebrate how our Lord Jesus Christ had risen from the grave. Afterwards I begin to question my own salvation. Was I carrying my cross in a way that brings glory to our God? Am I one of those christians who had become too obsessed by trying to save his own life? I started to feel convicted how I would read devotionals every morning but at the same time I felt like that wasn’t quite enough. Don’t get me wrong,  I know in Ephesians 2:8 says this. (For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God). Certainly it wasn’t by my good works that had brought me this far. It’s only by the grace of God I’m still alive to write this blog right now. I don’t want to be content by staying on the sidelines. I want to be in the game, I want to go make disciples of all nation. Suddenly I begin to remember how much I have desired to go on missions trips and spread the good news of Jesus to those who lived in small villages. I begin to pray to God and ask Him for forgiveness for the way I had wasted my time pursuing my own goals instead of seeking first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be would have been added. I needed to repent and get back on track to the point where my life can once again become realigned with the Word of God. On another note; I’m encouraged that it will get better one day at a time. 2 Corinthians 4:16 says Therefore we do not give up; even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. And because I know that my God promises me that He will never leave nor forsake me, I don’t have any reason to fear. Now is the time for me to worship Him with all that I am, I hope you feel the same way too. He’s just a prayer away.

 

He’s still the One

Jesus laid down his life for us on the cross over 2,000 years ago. He conquered death from the grave. What He did was nothing short of spectacular. It wasn’t only love in action accompanied by mercy. It was Amazing Grace working for the good of all humanity. The reason that we live today is because of Jesus, who died on the cross for all sin. 2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. He came to bridge the very gap that had once connected God and man together before the fall took place in the garden with Adam and Eve. He doesn’t change, & He won’t ever change. Hebrews 13:8 NIV Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever. Today the same Jesus is available for us to walk in a relationship with. Jesus wants you to know him on a personal level. You might have a friend, a coworker or maybe it’s a relative who’s facing adversity because of an addiction. Maybe it’s an addiction to alcohol, drugs or even food. No matter what someone might be going through, their lives can be redeemed through Jesus Christ. With His power He can break off every chain, every stronghold, and every lie that the enemy has ever whispered in your ear. Jesus is still the One. And He wants to live inside of you.

Thank you Jesus❤️

He’s still the One

Jesus laid down his life for us on the cross over 2,000 years ago. He conquered death from the grave. What He did was nothing short of spectacular. It wasn’t only love in action accompanied by mercy. It was Amazing Grace working for the good of all humanity. The reason that we live today is because of Jesus, who died on the cross for all sin. 2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. He came to bridge the very gap that had once connected God and man together before the fall took place in the garden with Adam and Eve. He doesn’t change, & He won’t ever change. Hebrews 13:8 NIV Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever. Today the same Jesus is available for us to walk in a relationship with. Jesus wants you to know him on a personal level. You might have a friend, a coworker or maybe it’s a relative who’s facing adversity because of an addiction. Maybe it’s an addiction to alcohol, drugs or even food. No matter what someone might be going through, their lives can be redeemed through Jesus Christ. With His power He can break off every chain, every stronghold, and every lie that the enemy has ever whispered in your ear. Jesus is still the One. And He wants to live inside of you.

Thank you Jesus❤️

Come to Me

We are all overwhelmed by many things from day to day. If someone is single then everything that needs to be done, the responsibility will be on him/her in order for all to be taken care of. If it’s a married couple, there’s usually some kind of agreement of scheduling between the husband and wife in order so everything can be taken care of by working together as a team. This kind can’t be done without communication. No, this is not a blog on marriage. As a single man I would be way out of my league to speak on a subject I have yet to experience on my own. But, I can speak as an adult. It’s because of the worries we endure in this life, why we all need to take the proper time to get away from it all. We don’t just need to rest physically. We need to rest our minds. What better way to have the refreshing we need than being in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ? Jesus offers us this kind of invitation in Matthew 11:28-30. Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. The time required for us to truly relax is never too far away. All we have to do is just stop. Whether we open up the Bible to meditate on His word or it could be turning on some music in order to sing praises to the Lord our God, whatever the Holy Spirit leads you to do in your heart, be obedient to do so. Spending time with God restores our souls. The same way the husband and wife need to communicate with each other, we should to have same kind of communication with God. He’s always available, He never slumbers and He never sleeps. His day planner is never too full to the point where He can’t schedule you in. Ephesians 3:12 says this; In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. Your God has an open door policy for His children. He’s just waiting on you, especially if you have been neglecting the still small voice who’s been speaking to your heart. Don’t delay any longer. Take the opportunity to spend time with Jesus today. I pray that every person who reads this blog will be encouraged by it.

  • The Lord bless you and protect you;
  • the Lord make His face shine on you
  • and be gracious to you;
  • the Lord look with favor on you
  • and give you peace.
  • Numbers 6:24-26

 

 

Where would we be without Jesus?

Today, before I began writing this blog. I was reflecting on the many blessings the Father has bestowed upon me. And while I understand I certainly don’t deserve them. They’re a constant reminder of just how faithful and how much of a good good Father that He truly is. There’s not a single blessing that I have in my life that I can honestly say I deserve. What I did deserve was death, but Jesus took my place so I might live. So that we would live. When I think about Psalm 103:10 I remember how merciful He’s been to us. The Good News Translation says this. He does not punish us as we deserve or repay according to our sins and wrongs. Instead He sent His only begotten Son to die for all sin. He had no reason to do so, you know? We deserved everything we had coming to us. But, He’s not just a God who loves, He’s a God who is love. Jesus is our answer who connects us to the Father. Not only was Jesus the answer we needed. He is the way, the truth and the life. Without Jesus we wouldn’t have access to our Heavenly Father. I can confidently say if I lost all of my earthly possessions today, I will be okay regardless, for my Jesus is more than enough for me. Aren’t you thankful for Jesus?

Don’t be comfortable

In these days and times in the world that we are living in, sometimes we have no choice but to let go of the things that we have become familiar with in our everyday lives. Trusting God in the unknown can be challenging to say the least. If we have any chinks in the armor, during times of uncertainty it will become apparent. It’s during these times we when find out if we have enough faith to actually trust the Lord when we’re no longer in control. Our Heavenly Father helps us to learn how to trust Him more when we’re faced with these difficulties. One thing we will all eventually learn when our circumstances change for the worse is this, even when life was going good it was because God was always in control. He’s the good Father even in the midst of turmoil, He’s good even we’re going through the valleys, He’s good even when we lose our jobs. That’s His character, it’s who He’s has always been. It’s who He always will be. He’s Jehovah Jireh He’s our provider!!! Psalms 34:19 should bring us encouragement. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all. No matter what happens to us, He’s always there. He’s never short of being amazing, He’s God all by Himself. He doesn’t need our help. We need His grace. He doesn’t desires our fears, He desires us to believe that He will do exactly what He said. If you’re struggling with your faith as a believer, then there’s good news for you. God has you right where He wants you. The longer we walk with Him and talk to Him, He will continue to prune us. Each time that the LORD brings us out of trouble, our faith will continue to grow stronger to trust in Him. If He did it once, He will do it again! The storms we face are meant to help us to grow as believers. Being uncomfortable shouldn’t feel foreign to any believer. God will show the world who He is in our lives if we will, Be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46;10).

 

Not compatible

I bought myself a new charger for my IPhone 8 Plus recently because I somehow misplaced or left my other one somewhere else. So in order for me to charge my phone when I needed to, I went and bought myself another one. Only to find there was a couple of issues with the new one that I purchased. 1. I bought it from a gas station and not from a reliable retailer because I needed it right then and there. 2. It was cheaper which means somewhere down the line it’s most likely going to fail me, someway somehow. It worked flawlessly until about two months. Up until then everything with the charger was all good. It was much longer than the original cord, which meant I could actually lay in bed comfortably knowing I lay in the middle of the mattress with no worries. But then, this happened. One day I plugged it up to charge my phone and it wouldn’t work properly anymore. Then a little warning popped up. Accessory may not be supported alert. I shouldn’t have been surprised. I did after all buy it from a gas station. I believe same thing often happens to a lot of people who give their lives to Christ. They try to hang around the same people who they once did before, only to find out it’s not accessible like it was before. Christ has redeemed them from a life a sin. The more they go to Church and spend time in God’s presence, the new believer will begin to see something strange unfold. The same people who they use to call friends will begin to criticize them for not wanting indulge in the same things like they use to. They say oh” he or she is just being religious. They act like they’re too good for us now! They don’t realize God has the individual in His hands. We might try to hang out with them and if we don’t watch it, we can end up in a worse place if we persists to do so. Because of Jesus, our sins have been forgiven, the old man is dead, we’re a new creation. The Word of God confirms this to true, Therefore, if anyone is in Christ the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17 The Christian is not compatible to hang around those same people anymore. And we don’t have worry about being lonely. In Deuteronomy 31:6 the word of God tells us.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. The more we follow Christ the more we begin to realize we are no longer compatible with the world anymore. We are created to worship our Father God. Not just in our gatherings with other followers of Jesus but, we are to do so everyday we are blessed to live. We are to surrender all to Him who gave all for us when He gave up His only begotten Son who stretched His arms on a old rugged cross on our behalf. Drinking alcohol, having sex without marriage, and using foul language should no longer be a believers mindset. Even joining coworkers around the water cooler at the office can become odd. Especially if male coworkers conversing about which female employee they wouldn’t mind sleeping with comes to into play. Pleasing God should be our main goal in life. And the one way we can do that is to be obedient to His commandments. It’s okay if we no longer fit in this world like we once did, especially when God who is everlasting has now made His home inside of us.