As a Christian, there will be many challenges to your Faith... People will purposely have certain conversations around you just to get your input, which in most cases lead to Debates ..... People will ask you questions concerning your Faith, just so they can voice their opinions AGAINST your Faith ..... When faced with insincere challenges to your Faith such as these, SILENCE may often be the best response.
In the hostile situation of Jesus' exchange with Caiaphas (Matthew 26:57-64), Jesus chose silence at first (verse 63). He understood that Caiaphas wasn't interested in the Truth (verse 59) ..... We have to use this same discernment today! ... Sure, we'd love to clear up the misunderstandings a person may have about GOD, but if their PRIDE has hardened their heart, they're not gonna receive what you have to say anyway ..... So in situations such as these, HOLD YOUR PEACE (unless led by the Spirit to do otherwise).
And don't forget to PRAY for them ... We want to see everyone make it to Heaven, amen?? ................... God bless!
Depression loves Isolation .. the devil wants to get you alone so he can torment your mind with no interference ..... Depression loves Isolation .. If you battle with Depression, don't lay in bed all day everyday... Come to CHURCH! Get around the Saints! ..... Depression loves Isolation .. the devil will lie to you and tell you that nobody cares.. And then you start believing it and become a Recluse ..... Depression loves Isolation .. When you're feeling Depressed and Friends call you, the devil says "Don't answer that..." ..... Am I right?? ..... Depression loves Isolation .. Sitting at home alone all day in the DARK is like ASKING to be Depressed.. You're setting the atmosphere for it
Some people listen to Depressing music all day and wonder why they're Depressed .... EXAMINE WHAT YOU'RE LETTING PENETRATE YOUR SPIRIT!!!! Ephesians 4:27 says "Neither give place to the devil" .... Don't give the devil any room to torment your mind! ...... I know all this bcuz I used to battle with Depression.. I didnt like big crowds, I talked very low, and all I wanted to do was SLEEP ..... When I battled with Depression, I didnt even know I was Depressed.. all I knew was that I didn't care bout nthn .... But Jesus gave me HOPE! I had zero Hope in life.. Yeah I had Suicidal Thoughts, I was just to scary to go through with em.... But JESUS gave me something to live for!
There's someone (reader) who hears your silent screams, he sees the teardrops on your pillow ... His name is Jesus and He wants to Save you! ..... Romans 10:13 - "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be Saved" .... Call on Jesus!
Read this in the back of my sister's Bible and it's a MUST that I share! This may be too harsh for some of us, but it's to tear down our excuse of why we don't come to Church ....... it's for our GOOD!
Excuse: "There are too many Hypocrites"
Answer: Hypocrites are lost. If you let Hypocrites keep you from being Saved, you will spend eternity in Hell WITH them. Besides, you have to be smaller than what you hide behind. If you hide behind a Hypocrite, you must be smaller than a Hypocrite.
I love you (reader), God bless!
When I run into my unSaved friends, they always ask me the same exact 3 questions .... 1. So you don't smoke no more? ... 2. So you don't drink no more? ... 3. So you don't "mess" with females no more? ... After I respond "No", they unknowingly give me this look that says "Dang, life must suck" lol ..... But I'm here to tell you that there's MORE to life! .... These things may be temporarily satisfying, but where does it profit you?.. These things won't assist us in living a fulfilled life, and who wants to live an unfulfilling life? never finding your destiny, never walking in your true purpose?
GOD has something BETTER in store for all of us - way better than temporary satisfaction.. 1 Corinthians 2:9 says "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what GOD has prepared for those who love Him" .... Isn't that amazing!?!? GOD's got an EXCLUSIVE blessing just for you! ... But the devil doesn't tell us that.. he wants us to focus on what we're giving up, not what we're gonna get in return for our sacrifices .......
Choose to serve the Lord. There's this special Peace that comes upon you knowing that your lifestyle is pleasing to GOD .... I can talk all day about it, but you have to find out for yourself
Sincerely, that guy who found out for himself
I went to the Barber Shop a few weeks ago & the Lord had me to minister to my Barber! He began to tell me how he grew up in Church, but later strayed away from God. He said he knows his mother is still Praying for him ................. And then it hit me ... We often Pray that God will place someone in the path of our unSaved loved-ones & minister to them, but in THIS situation, I'M the one who the Lord is using! .... This is why we are to share the good news of Jesus Christ with everyone, because that person is the loved-one of some Christian in this world.
This is also a reason why Matthew 5:44 says "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you" ..... That person who is treating you so horrible is probably the unSaved loved-one of some Christian who's Praying, crying out every night for God to Save .... Help them see their loved-one Saved by Praying for them & sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with them .... amen??
There's a bigger picture to doing God's will ..... Everything He asks of us somehow ties into Saving SOULS ..... So let's Obey God, share our experiences of His goodness & win some Souls!
GOD is not a topic that we just learn about - attain information about that will advance us to the next thing .... GOD is a living being, He's ALIVE! That's why He wants us to have a RELATIONSHIP with Him ... You can never know too much about who you're in a Relationship with ..... Let's take the Relationship with your parents for example. You never reach a place of fulfillment when it comes to your parents, right? You're constantly interested in your parents & their affairs, right? You NEVER say "Ok, I know enough about you already mom". So let's have that same mentality when it comes to our God ....... amen?
There's no place of destination in a Relationship, there's no Graduation .... A Relationship is continuous - learning, loving, understanding, pleasing & MOST importantly SPENDING TIME ........ I encourage you (reader), to establish your OWN personal Relationship with God & i'll give you a good reason why = Your Worst day WITH God, will be BETTER than best day WITHOUT God ...........
I love you (reader), stay encouraged
Ephesians 6:12 - "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" ...... We don't fight with people, we fight with Demons!
Demons are 'Disembodied Spirits' (meaning they have no Physical BODY)... These Spirits are lusts without BODIES to fulfill it's passions.. 'Lying' without a Tongue to spread it's lies.. 'Murder' without a Hand to kill.. 'Greed' without a Hand to take.. 'Rage' without a Voice to argue nor Fists to fight ...... But this is where WE come in ...... Demons have no BODIES, except the ones we GIVE them! .... Romans 6:13 says "Neither YIELD ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin" ... The word 'Yield' means to 'PROVIDE' ... Let's not 'provide' a BODY for Demons to commit sin, let's not aid them in fulfilling their unholy passions.. But let us yield ourselves to the use of the LORD.. presenting our BODIES a living sacrifice, Holy, acceptable unto GOD, which is our reasonable service! (Romans 12:1) ....... Resist the urge to do evil, give in to the urge to do good.
The devil builds strongholds in Men's mind, convincing us that Love is a form of weakness ..... He doesn't want us to ever experience Love .... He tricks Men at an EARLY age into believing that Love is a weak emotion.. So we just live as a Stone.. lifeless.. full of PRIDE ....... Without knowing Love, Men can never open up to their spouse, their family, their children.. and most importantly, GOD!
When a Man is REALLY hurt, he shuts down ... The devil tricked us into believing that even expressing emotions is weak, so we internalize the pain ..... That's why you hear women say "I dont know what made him hit me, he never SEEMED like the angry type" .... But Men have feelings TOO! We deal with hurt TOO! We just express our emotions differently ........ Only when a man finds GOD, will he find LOVE.. and as he draws CLOSER to God, the stronghold the devil created about "Love being weak" will be destroyed! ........ 1 John 4:8 - "Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love" ..... A man who doesn't know God will NOT know how to love you! ......... Ladies, you can't do ANYTHING to get an unGodly man to love you.. Your ONLY option is to bring him to Church ..... A new hairstyle won't make him love you, not even Horoscopes (which is Witchcraft!) .... BRING HIM TO CHURCH SO HE CAN BE INTRODUCED TO LOVE!!
A Man who was introduced to Love.
I love Nature, observing it is an opportunity to examine the mind of God and it gives intellectual insight into this thing called "Life". One thing in particular that fascinates me about Nature is that, unlike Man (human beings), animals and insects' primary way of communication is not WORDS, but visual signals and postural gestures - BODY LANGUAGE. Other species don't have verbal conversations, yet they still function and are fully capable of carrying out Genesis 1:22, which is to 'Be fruitful, and multiply'.
This tells me that the BEST form of communication is not speech, but rather our ACTIONS. It is not what we SAY, but what we DO! The Ant doesn't have to SAY "I will provide for my family", he PROVES it by going out to gather food for his colony DAILY. The Penguin doesn't have to SAY "I will be there to help raise Our baby when it comes", he PROVES it by staying with the mother and taking turns nurturing the baby. The Orangutan doesn't have to SAY "I will protect my child from all harm and danger", she PROVES it by NEVER letting her baby out of her sight not even once until the age of 6-7 years old.
This mindset of taking care of responsibilities within a Family (which anyone 40+ years old can agree) doesn't appear to exist anymore. But in Proverbs 6:6-8, Solomon addresses lazy people and tells them to consider the work ethic of Ants. If any of us are in lack, let us consider the ways of Nature. Wisdom and Revelation is all around us. Take an interest in God and the things OF God and you will be alright ^__^.
God bless you, stay encouraged.
Guys brag about having Sex.. Been there, done that, but that doesn't make you a MAN .. Let's see you be a MAN and take a stand for your GOD ...... I've been celibate for 8 months, praise God.. it's possible! ......... The day you turn down Sex is the day you become a Man.. That is the greatest Temptation to us Men and to defeat it is a huge accomplishment!
So I want to encourage all the Men of God to continue fighting.. The devil will use someone to make fun of you, but they even said to Jesus in Matthew 27:40, "If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross".. He didn't because He doesn't have to prove Himself, and neither do you!
God bless you, stay encouraged.
Note: Sex before marriage is called "Fornication", which is a Sin. See 1 Corinthians 7:2, 1 Corinthians 6:18, Hebrews 13:4 and 1 Corinthians 6:9.
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.