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.
I remember growing up we use to write letters to our loved ones. Back then it was just as exciting to write letters to those who we loved, just as much as it was to check the mail box to receive a letter from those we love. The excitement for me began from the time the letter was written, to the morning that I sprinted to the mailbox to place the envelope inside, then completing the process by flipping the red flag up for the mailman to pick it up when he delivered the mail later that day. It’s amazing how reading words on a piece of paper written by a friend or family member refreshes ones soul because someone else took the time out of day think about someone else. These days technology has taken over. Not many people these days write letters anymore. Those who do are the last of a dying breed. It’s not like text messages can’t be pleasant to brighten ones day. It just doesn’t have the same lasting effectiveness as it does when it’s a letter. No one wants to read a long text message. Letters speak life, they’re meant to warm the heart. Letters bring encouragement. Our Heavenly Father knew this better than anyone else. He blessed us with a 66 book love letter called the Bible. Even with all of the stories of betrayal, wars between nations and genealogies. God declares His great love towards us in scripture, in 1 John 3:1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. When someone speaks words life to us it simply reminds us of who we are in Christ. God’s love letter for us never gets old. He speaks to our heart when we study His word. We can’t survive without His Word. We would be lost without it. ABBA, thank you for being gracious towards mankind that you would reveal Yourself to us through Your Word. John 6:68 Simon Peter answered Him, Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of enteral life. I pray for us to receive the same revelation that was amazingly revealed to Peter.
My grandfather Joie Ray Terrell was a Man who I will always remember. He was the only father figure I have ever truly known. He used to go off to work early every morning. And each day when he would pull out of the driveway I would be wishing I could go with him. I loved him so much. I remember running to him each evening he returned from his long day at work. He never came home mad. He would hug me and my twin brother with a smile on his face. Then he walk up to his wife (my Grandma) and give her a kiss and they would walk in the house together. Sometimes on the weekend he would let me & my brother go with him while he was running errands. He used let us take turns sitting on his lap while he was driving and place our hands on the steering wheel to make us feel like we were really driving the car. I was too young when he died, and when he passed away I felt like my best friend left me here all alone. I hope to see him again someday when it’s time for God to call me home. I have been thinking about my Grandpa a lot more lately. I love you Grandpa. I hope to impact someone else’s life while I’m here. Thank for you showing me what a real man is supposed to be like. I’m trying to become a carbon copy of the type man you were while you were here.
I’m sure we have all heard the phrase you never know what you got until it’s gone. Most of the time this phrase is spoken out when someone close to us has hurt us or have betrayed us. Our time on this earth is really short. I’m 44 years old and now I see what this verse really means in (James 4:14 whereas you don’t know what will happen tomorrow. For is what your life? It is even a vapor appears for a little time, and then vanishes away). Now days I dislike when someone waste my time. Because I can always be doing something productive with my time. By either investing my time by witnessing to a lost soul who doesn’t know the Lord Jesus Christ or praying to God in my alone time, or my putting time into my blogs, or even working out at the gym. If we looked at the Kingdom of God the same way people look at stocks and 401k investments accounts the game would look a lot different. Because those things not only concerns our own lives but it benefits our families lives as well. Investing your time on this earth wrong can lead you straight to hell if you only lived a sinful lifestyle the whole time you were alive. Our mindset as followers of Jesus should always concerns God’s Kingdom. Asking God to lead us to lost souls or to a brother or sister should always be our aim. If I could spend my time driving sports cars all the time I probably would. But at the end of my life when I have to face my Savior, there’s no excuse I can use that will good enough to justify why I didn’t invest more of my time into the Kingdom of God. Why do we fill Gods house every weekend only to be disobedient and not walk out what Jesus commands us to do? Gods goodness extends beyond what we have materially. Our time on this earth should be all about Him. It’s okay to have nice things but they should never cost your soul or your relationship with your God. You can’t afford to let those things become your idol. Matthew 6:20 (Lay up not for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroys and where thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be there also). I want to encourage not only whoever it is who will reads this but myself as well. Let’s get a return on our heavenly investment that keep we will keep benefiting from for all eternity.