COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM AND BE SEPARATE
"21 Jump Street" was the movie that brought me to the reality that I was Saved and there was no turning back. I remember going to see the movie with my family, and it was literally thee FUNNIEST movie I had ever seen. But the conviction, the condemnation, the curse words and sexual jokes I knew were wrong but laughed at, compromising in my walk with God, the missed opportunity to be a Good Christian Witness to my family.. All of these emotions just made me want to crawl into a hole or just evaporate into thin air.
I couldn't even enjoy the movie. Before Christ (B.C.), I used to LOVE those kind of movies, but an undeniable transformation had taken place within me. God had chosen me before the foundation of the world, that I should be holy and blameless before Him (Ephesians 1:4). Not saying that my family is not also chosen, but God draws us all individually and it was my time to come to Him (read John 6:44). I knew right then that I could no longer do what others are doing. "Whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin." (James 4:17)
I share this testimony for those who are still undecided in their Christian journey. You know that God has called you to stand out, you have a love for God, you know right from wrong, etc.. yet you still wrestle with the decision of living a totally surrendered life unto Him. I say this to you.. 1. Don't get caught straddling the fence. Eternity has only 2 options, Heaven or Hell... 2. This is the good life. The seemingly unattainable things we wholeheartedly pursue such as love, joy, peace, comfort and security are FREELY given to us in God (Galatians 5:22-23). In His presence there is fullness of joy, and at His right hand are pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11). Jesus states in Mark 10:29-30 how everything we've given up to follow Him will be returned a hundredfold in THIS life AND in the one to come. We have nothing to lose when we follow the LORD.... And finally, 3. You were chosen to bring hope to a dying world (Matt. 5:16, Philip. 2:14). We are called "to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in [Jesus]." (Acts 26:16-18)
There are people in this world who will not to hear the Gospel from any pastor, street preacher, some person on TV, or some guy on Facebook ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ... They will only hear the Gospel from YOU! And while you're wrestling with your decision to live for Christ, people are dying and going to Hell by the numbers (approximately 155,000 people die each day). If we can ensure that at least ONE of these people know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, then it's a job well done. You were born with an assignment (reader), will you receive the call??
**COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM AND BE SEPARATE**
Ladies, NEVER feel the need to chase after a man.... Psalm 37:4 says to "Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart." .... God knows what characteristics you desire in a man, what you find a attractive, etc... But as you (continue to) live a life that's pleasing to God, in HIS timing, he will bless you with a mate... So just love God and wait, NEVER CHASE!
Far too many of us settle for less because we don't feel we 'deserve' better. Well if you're one of those individuals, I have good news for you from God: You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). You are the apple of God's eye (Psalm 17:8, Zech. 2:8). You are unconditionally loved (Rom. 5:8, Jerem. 31:3, Rom. 8:38-39). You are Not worthless nor overlooked (Jerem. 29:11, Eph. 1:4-5). YOU ARE LOVED BY GOD!!!! (John 3:16)
And if we have accepted Jesus Christ as LORD and Saviour, that officially makes us a Child of God! (John 1:12, Rom. 8:14-16, Galat. 3:26)... And because we are a child of the KING, we are entitled to the BEST! No more settling for being just someone's baby mama or baby daddy when we can be someone's husband or wife. No more settling for being desired just for our body, but also because of our heart, soul, mind and intellect. No more settling for abusive relationships (physically and/or verbally) when we can have a mate who genuinely loves us. No more settling for a broken family when we can have a loving, stable, unified home.
Our time for settling for less is OVER. God has greater in store for us, but until we find out what His Word (the Bible) says concerning us, we will always experience non-fulfillment. So let's attend Church, find out what the Bible says about our current situation, pray to God about it and have faith that He will work it out.
As a writer, my objective is to provoke thought. As a minister, my objective is to encourage you to Christ. As a disciple, my objective is to do these things in love.