Cares vs Growth

    One call that is expected of every believer, is the call to grow into maturity. The Bible says in 1st Corinthians 13:11 — “When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.” Growth is very essential in our walk with God. If we are not growing then we are drifting. The scripture here encourages us to receive the word of God with sincere hearts fixed on God. Thorns here represent the cares of this life. We can listen to great sermons, read the word daily and listen to all the worship there is, but if our hearts are consumed with the pleasures of this world, it will eventually choke the word of life in us, which makes it hard to live out lives sold out to God. We know the cares of this life that consume us, whether it be social media, our businesses, the desire to be in a relationship or even just the drive to make it in life. All these things are great, but they begin to choke the truth when we put them first & give all our attention to them. The Bible says in Mathew 6:24 — “No one can serve two masters. For you will love one and hate the other.” Your growth is determinant on who you choose to serve & give your time/effort to. The cares of this life, that only profit but a little, or the creator who encompasses life that is abundant & internally satisfying.

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Slaves to sin

To willingly bring ourselves back to being enslaved to what Jesus has willingly set us free from, makes me question our true understanding of redemption. We know the story of redemption so well. The story of Jesus offering up Himself to be sin for us [even though we were the real sinners], just so we could be set free from SIN itself. We acknowledge his death with our mouths, but our lifestyles speak otherwise. That is why my prayer every single day is; Lord, bring me to understand the story of redemption. The story of you redeeming me back to yourself through your death. Because if I truly understood the lengths you went through for the expense of my  sin, I wouldn’t continue to give myself to things that only end in death and destruction. Galatians 5:1 says: “Stand fast in the liberty where Christ has set you free, and do not be entangled anymore in the yoke of bondage.” — how do we stand? By taking heed to the scriptures, by allowing the redemptive power in the blood change us for the better. By daily asking God to uproot every carnal nature in us, and to give us His spirit. Look, i’d be lying if i said living right was easy. It’s not…but it is extremely possible only through CHRIST. Nobody wants to be a slave to sin because it makes you feel further away from God, it brings feelings of guilt, condemnation and unworthiness. Therefore, if sin is something you feel enslaved to, simply cry out to God and ask Him to help you choose obedience to His truth, rather than obedience to your flesh. The Bible says: “with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” [Romans 10:10]. The more we confess our inability to live right on our own, and ask for Gods mercy, the faster we will begin to see a change. For it is God who works in us, both to will and do of His good pleasure. [Philippians 2:13]. Amen❤️

Isolation is a lie!

This is deep because it hits home. Isolation can be so detrimental to ones faith. The moment we begin to isolate ourselves from church, from His word, and from the assembly of our brethren and those who aid our walk spiritually, the more access the enemy has to afflict our minds. From experience, the most detrimental thing we can do is to detach ourselves from the TRUTH a.k.a the word of God. The scriptures tell us that it is the truth that sets us free. Therefore, if we are not connecting to the truth, then we are connecting to confusion, deceit, and lies. And the ultimate lie is believing we can make it and survive outside of Jesus. Believe me, I have tried and I have failed each and every single time. The Bible tells us that all people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” [1 Peter 1:25]. We can only glory in ourselves for so long until we realize how fleeting it can be, and how temporary our “happiness” outside of God lasts. The most important part of this message i’m trying to relay is; staying connected to the TRUTH is the only way we can ever experience eternal joy, peace and wholeness internally. Isolation from this truth will only bring about the opposite. So i encourage anyone reading this right now to stay connected to the truth and keep it close. Remember, the more we detach from this truth, the more susceptible we are to everything contrary to what the truth entails. Deuteronomy 11:18 – “Commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands, and wear them on your foreheads as a reminder.” 💕

Trust the wait.

Trust the wait. It is in the wait where we find Him. It is in the wait where we learn to trust him, and it is in the wait where we learn to be content with His will and mind for us. It’s tough, but I know it is more rewarding to trust in a God who knows me better than I will ever know myself. I know it is more rewarding to trust in a God who sees my end from my begining. It is in the wait i will get to understand that his will and not my own will, will undoubtedly bring me to where I need to be and not where I want to be. Because His will is divine, and it will always be for my good! #trustthewait ✨ “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” [Psalms‬ ‭27:14‬].

Seek Him to find Him.

In a world where we’re so used to quick fixes and instant turnouts, we have slowly incorporated this same attitude in our faith. We want the gift without waiting to seek the giver. We want the blessings, without being connected to the source. We want to find God, experience Him, but we’re not willing to seek. The Lord said In Jeremiah 28:13 “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with All your heart.” The only way we can find God and know Him in His fullness is when we take the time out to seek Him. To seek for something means to desire, to work toward, with INTENT. We abandon quiet time in Gods presence, yet we complain about not being able to experience God. In order to Find God and experience Him we must seek for Him in his word. We must seek Him with patience, and most importantly with intentionality. Intentionality means you will do all you need to do to find God by giving your all fully. Its time, its commitment, its work and its only through His strength! Not by your own strength but by His spirit which quickens you. For those who feel distant from God, or just confused and deep down you want to find God, start by really seeking Him in His word. God has promised that if you do, you will find Him. Therefore, your search and desire is never in vain. God is already there, all he requires of us is a heart willing to SEEK.❤

Not my will. 

When Jesus went to pray at the Mount of Olives before he was crucified, his disciples went with Him. Jesus understood the ramifications of bearing this cup of sin. The perfect, sinless Son of God was about to pay the price for the sin of ALL mankind. The fear and emotions that ran through his head showed his human side. However, when he prayed he said to God ; “If it is your will Lord, take this cup from me but not my will, but your will be done.” [Luke 22:40]. This shows the feelings that were going through His head. Sometimes we find ourselves in circumstances and situations that bring us to a place of fear & uncertainty, but the key here is Jesus prayed “NOT MY WILL BUT YOURS.” I think it takes so much to trade in our will for Gods will at times, but this is what Jesus did. He submitted to the will of God and this is why we believers are who we are today; Free, not entangled with the yoke of bondage anymore because of the blood of Jesus shed on the cross. Therefore, Gods will may seem and feel trying, hard, long & difficult to endure but in the end, His will never disappoints. So even in the difficult time you may be experiencing right now, let your prayers be surrounded around His will over yours. Meaning: allow God have his way with you! The Bible says; “As for the Lord, his ways are perfect.” They may be inconvenient and uncomfortable but they are perfect!❤

To know Him is to be like Him!

This is so true in all its entirety. Sometimes we use the statement “i’m not perfect” to justify our sinful nature and actions we know God isn’t pleased with. Yes, we’re not perfect but thats the whole point of the race we run. To know Christ in His fullness, so we can emulate and reflect all that He is. The key is to know Him to the point where we are transformed by the renewing of our minds. It all begins and ends with the mind. Once our minds are transformed, everything else about us changes also. Character flaws deemed “normal” to the world like pride, anger, lustful thinking etc are changed. We cannot say we know & serve God but we still find ourselves making excuses for sins we know God detests. Remember, true evidence of the knowledge of God is not in how inspirational our Godly posts on social media are, or how “holy” we think we look, or how much scripture we’re able to memorize, but it is in the changes we see in ourselves. It is in the way we show & give love, the way we react, the kind of conversations that come out of us, the music we allow in and so forth. Its those little things we don’t make a big deal out of that reflect the knowledge of Him actually working change in us. If we seek to know more of Him, let us also seek to be changed in the process. Your prayer today: Lord, help me to know you and not just know of you, but give me a deep revelation of who you are, so that the more I know you, the more of you is reflected in every part of me. Amen💕