How Do I Imitate God?

Therefore, be imitators of God, as dearly loved children. And walk in love, as the Messiah also loved us and gave Himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God. But sexual immorality and any impurity or greed should not even be heard of among you, as is proper for saints. Coarse and foolish talking or crude joking are not suitable, but rather giving thanks. For know and recognize this: Every sexually immoral or impure or greedy person, who is an idolater, does not have an inheritance in the kingdom of the Messiah and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, for God’s wrath is coming on the disobedient because of these things. Therefore, do not become their partners. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light — for the fruit of the light results in all goodness, righteousness, and truth — discerning what is pleasing to the Lord. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭5‬:‭1-10‬ HCSB)

Be imitators of God. What a high command. This is the call of every Christian—no excuses. So what does it mean? Firstly, it’s a denial of self.

Christ was always denying Himself and giving glory to the Father and doing whatever He told Him to do.

Jesus answered them, “My teaching isn’t Mine but is from the One who sent Me. If anyone wants to do His will, he will understand whether the teaching is from God or if I am speaking on My own. The one who speaks for himself seeks his own glory. But He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and there is no unrighteousness in Him. (‭John‬ ‭7‬:‭16-18‬ HCSB)

This is the attitude and obedience we are supposed to imitate. And of course, being a servant to others from the love of the Holy Spirit who has been poured into our hearts.

But Jesus called them over and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles dominate them, and the men of high position exercise power over them. It must not be like that among you. On the contrary, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life — a ransom for many.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭20‬:‭25-28‬ HCSB)

Now here’s a hard reflection: are we imitating Jesus? Maybe we are sometimes, but think of the times we aren’t. Is that okay with God? If we cuss at times, or get drunk, or have an outburst of anger, is that fitting for someone who is supposed to be imitating the forgiveness, love, patience, and humility of Christ? How about if we do these things often?

Christ enables you to repent if you are sincere about following Him. He can renew and establish you in the faith, cleanse you and make you holy; make you like Him. He is able, we only have to be willing.

Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. (‭Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭14-16‬ NKJV)

May we all grow more like Christ from glory to glory.

Grace and peace to you,

Natasha

I’m A Christian, And I Deserve …

Entitlement. The subtle sin that entangles so many professing Christians.

“I don’t deserve to be treated that way.”

“I deserve this …”

“I deserve …”

“I deserve …”

“I deserve …”

This is not a Christ-like mentality. It is a prideful mindset of the flesh, of the world, of Satan himself.

In reality, we deserve absolutely nothing, but hell fire. We deserve to be punished for the many crimes we have committed against God, for our rebellion against our Creator; for our blasphemies and lust and greed and jealousy.

Did we deserve God’s forgiveness? Did we deserve to be saved from His wrath? Did we do a single thing to earn His love? No. And He expects us to treat others with the same undeserved favor—despite how they treat us.

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭44-48‬ NKJV)

If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (‭Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭18-21‬ NKJV)

It is only by the grace of God we have been accepted and redeemed by His blood. To feel entitled to anything is to have a mind contrary to the mind of Christ.

And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and sit down to eat’? But will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and drunk, and afterward you will eat and drink’? Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not. So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’ ” (‭Luke‬ ‭17‬:‭7-10‬ NKJV)

And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭2‬:‭1-10‬ NKJV)

…just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭1‬:‭4-6‬ NKJV)

For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭29-30‬ NKJV)

If God has shown us such mercy and grace (undeserved favor) who are we to not show the same grace to unworthy sinners? Even when we feel that our anger, bitterness, or unforgiveness is justified, Christ reminds us we have no right to hold onto it, despite how poorly we are treated:

Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. (‭Matthew‬ ‭18‬:‭21-22‬ NKJV)

There’s verse upon verse about how we are to deny ourselves, our feelings, our fleshly mindsets, and do what Jesus tells us to do: love, but can you point out even just one Scripture that condones us demanding to be treated with respect by others? There is none.

Christ is the only one who has a right to deserve anything good. Did He not have the right to say, “Stop slapping and spitting on me. Stop whipping me. Don’t strip me naked and pin me to a cross, I did nothing to deserve this treatment!” But He kept silent. He took what He did not deserve, He took what we do deserve. He humbled Himself to the point of death, yet we cannot not humble ourself if a friend or family member offends us?

We all need grace yet none of us deserves it. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. May we imitate Him and lay our pride down when we are persecuted, mocked, belittled and mistreated out of sheer obedience to Christ and even for the sake of our enemy, that they might get a taste of God’s grace through us and repent that they may be spared from the burning sulfur and eternal torment that awaits them.

Grace and peace to you,

Natasha

I’m a Christian, But I Don’t Want You To Know I’m Struggling

Sometimes, most times—often times—our fear of being vulnerable is rooted in pride or the fear of man. Both are a snare.

But as Christians, that’s one of our crosses to bear, something we are commanded to do: be transparent. And here’s the irony of it all: it’s only after we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, to be real, that healing and deliverance comes.

Some of us are tangled up in chains. We hide our shackles beneath long-sleeved coats and pants, blind to the fact that when we gather with our brothers and sisters in Christ, there’s keys in the midst, keys that are just waiting to set us free.

It is for our benefit that God commands us to be honest with our struggles.

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (‭James‬ ‭5‬:‭16‬)

Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (‭Galatians‬ ‭6‬:‭1-2‬)

We all are going through some trial or struggle and could really use prayer support. This transparency among each other promotes love and true edification. It also leads to a deeper understanding of God’s love and power because as James says, confession coupled with prayer brings healing. But if you can’t be real with one another, you’ll stay stuck in whatever it is Christ died to liberate you from. On the outside you’ll put on a smile, while on the inside you’re dying.

You don’t need to die! You don’t need to put on a show. Most discerning Christians can see through that anyway, and you will never fool Christ. He sees your brokenness and greatly desires to heal it, but it must be on His terms: vulnerability, transparency. Christ died so you can be made alive. What a shame, what a waste to throw that gift away, to reject it for vanity’s sake because you want to protect your ego.

Christianity is a brutally honest walk. There’s no room for fakers. And if you keep it up long enough, out of love and a desire for you to be healed, Christ will eventually expose you. If you don’t want to fess up, God will display what you’ve been hiding in darkness.

“No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed, but sets it on a lampstand, that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light. (‭Luke‬ ‭8‬:‭16-17‬)

Confess to your brethren now before things get worse for you. The only thing you’ll regret is not having done so sooner.

Grace to you,

Natasha

Loving Ourself First Isn’t A Jesus Teaching

Jesus didn’t teach us to love ourselves. That’s quite a self-serving, self-first notion. He actually taught the opposite:

“The one who loves his life will lose it, and the one who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” (‭John‬ ‭12‬:‭25‬ HCSB)

What He emphasized instead was:

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭22‬:‭37-39‬ HCSB)

He didn’t need to teach us how to love ourselves. Many of us already do naturally. We look out for our interests, our wants, our happiness, our dreams. But Jesus wants us to love God first, and then love others as we love ourselves, caring and looking out for them. This is what pleases Him, this is what we all were made for: to love God and love one another.

We were created to be loved by God and to walk with Him. We are made in His image. When we imitate Him, that is when we discover our purpose and meaning. And there is no greater destiny than to share and enjoy Love Himself. Are you walking in your true destiny?

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Jesus Is Supposed To Transform You

“Abstain from every form of evil.” (I Thessalonians 5:22 NKJV)

When I looked up the original word for “form,” I discovered it included the outward appearance of something. This verse isn’t just speaking about avoiding being involved with evil, but even just the appearance of evil; if it can look like you’re doing evil.

I would say that’s a pretty high standard, wouldn’t you? But if you are familiar with Scripture, you’d know there’s an emphasis on “walking worthy of the Lord,” and being “blameless.” Another verse says we are Christ’s representatives. That’s a big deal, a huge deal.

Jesus was morally perfect, completely blameless in all of His conduct. To represent that can seem impossible to many people, and it is—if you don’t have the Holy Spirit.

Christ came to utterly transform us, but, there is one major obstacle to the process of complete transformation: self.

Jesus told His audience that whoever wanted to follow Him needed to pick up his cross, deny himself, and follow Him. There is a prerequisite before a person can be transformed by Christ’s indwelling Holy Spirit: surrender. And I’m not talking partial surrender or lip-service, but true-blue, Jesus have it all, I’m done with my sins, my ideas, my desires, and I’m going to let You be my Master surrender.

I think there’s a few kinds of people. There are those who are interested in what Christ has to offer. Maybe they hear a sermon, or a friend tells them about Jesus, and they like the sound of forgiveness, grace, love, purpose, and escape from hell. But they are not aware of the depth of Christ’s love for them, and His perfect goodness, so they doubt if the Christian life is really all that satisfying, or they believe Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and that no one can get to the Father except through Him, but they’re afraid of the unknown. Both have the solution to their problem in truly grasping that God is not a mean dictator, but rather a loving Father. And like loving earthly fathers discipline their children for their benefit, God even more so disciplines out of complete knowledge and understanding of what is absolutely best for you. Once this truth is grasped, it is easier to surrender.

But then there are those who truly just want fire-insurance. They believe in hell and don’t want to live there for eternity, so they confess Christ as Savior and Lord, but they never surrender. They maybe start a religious routine of attending church and going to a bible study, but they continue sinning and doing what they want to do. Tragically, Jesus says of these kinds of people:

Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭7‬:‭22-27‬ NKJV)

Jesus didn’t come just to save people from hell, He came to save them from being bound by hell. He defeated sin by the power of the Holy Spirit, and expects those who follow Him in surrender to do the same, not relying on their strength, but on His.

There’s loads of Scriptures on us being holy and different from those who do not know God, primarily how we love Him and one another. But love doesn’t harm, it isn’t selfish, it isn’t lustful or envious or prideful. Love keeps its clothes on and hands off until marriage. Love respects and does not belittle. Love doesn’t lie. Love doesn’t steal, it gives. Love isn’t out of control.

I feel for my generation because there’s so much blasphemy in “churches” today; people getting drunk, having premarital sex, dressing immodestly, cussing, lying, gossiping. These are not fruits of the Holy Spirit, but of the flesh, and it all leads to death. There’s these buildings with pastors who use Jesus’ name and some of the bible and then call themselves His church, when really, their heart isn’t surrendered. They treat His grace as something common and abuse it by continuing to sin and leading their congregation to sin. They talk about reaching the world, but they are still of it! They cannot save souls, but only draw them to themselves. They aren’t bringing people to Christ, they’re bringing them to themselves. It seems the majority of church-goers act like, look like, and talk like those who don’t know Jesus. They don’t realize that there is supposed to be a genuine life transformation; mind, heart, and soul, from the inside out we are truly new. Therefore, they not only miss out on genuine communion with God, but they also are on the wide path of destruction, rather than on the path to life.

The bible speaks of a “great falling away” of the church, and I believe this is the time it speaks of. More and more pastors are rising up, twisting or denying scripture, accepting sin and rejecting the power of Christ to really transform lives. Many are being led to hell and don’t even know it. Then, when someone confronts these pastors or the sin in their congregations, they are called judgmental and shooed out or silenced. The bible says those who do this have their just judgment coming.

But I know God is good. He seeks the heart that is truly hungry for Him, the person who is sick of following their own way and really wants to know Him. These He delivers, He “exalts the humble and gives them grace, but resists the proud.” Jesus visits these people and they surrender and become transformed. And that’s my prayer for you: that just like He visited me on February 22nd, 2009 and began radically transforming my life, that the same would happen for you. That you would come to know the depth and height and length and width of Christ’s love for you, and discover His good, pleasing, perfect and acceptable plans for your life. That by His power, you will be healed and through His Holy Spirit, be able to defeat the sin in your life. Then you too can be able to share Him with others and partner with Him in truly saving souls, storing up great rewards in heaven. But the best reward will be experiencing God here on earth, really experiencing Him; His love, His joy, His power, His grace, His leading, His favor.

If you’ll only surrender.

Mega Church Vs. Home Church

It is truly an incredible blessing to have a pastor who could easily follow the recent trend and form a mega church, but who instead desires intimate discipleship and fellowship and to see God move powerfully through us, to love and serve practically the community and one another. It’s not about numbers, it’s about making solid, strong disciples. He’d rather have ten on fire for Jesus, than ten thousand faithful church service attendees who are not on fire for the Lord.

Many (not all) pastors are so concerned about bringing in the masses that they neglect the few they have now, thinking a forty minute sermon is enough when truly, christianity is about family; extremely close relationships with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, being there for one another, holding each other accountable, building each other up. It’s not about spoon-feeding a message and then going about your day. I think a lot of these pastors have unwittingly turned church into a business rather than a loving and close-knit community of transformed lives.

Family, pray. I hope you aren’t in a church with leadership that doesn’t truly care tenderly for the flock. I pray you’re involved with a group of believers that meet at someone’s home, where it is more intimate and people can receive prayer and deliverance and personal encouragement, not just an often times generic sermon for thousands.

If you don’t have that, maybe pray about starting one of your own. That’s how the first church did things. They met at people’s homes and built strong relationships with their family in Christ and truly loved one another. Jesus said the world will know we’re His disciples by the way we love one another. But how can we do that in a mega-church setting where you go to service and then leave right after? Unless you serve there, then it becomes a little more intimate but even then, it’s not like you’re truly getting built up and ministering to each other, you are serving others which is great, but the body of Christ is supposed to build each other up too.

This close friendship and accountability is largely missing in our current church culture, but it is vital to our growth in the faith and in love. What do you think? Do you agree? Are you apart of a large church and feeling lonely? Are you in the service-attending routine, but don’t have genuine, close friendships with other believers that you can confess to and count on? Or are you also apart of a wonderful and thriving home church?

As the end draws near, the day gets darker. I highly doubt when anti-Christ shows his true colors there will still be public church buildings. I believe the church will be forced to go underground, like many today and in the days of the apostles. What a tragedy it will be if you have no one to cling to in that time, no one you know who has an open home for believers to gather together. I pray you find that, or create your own home church before it’s too late.

Whatever’s Got You Down, This Should Lift You Up

Two nights ago, I fellowshipped with four brethren in Christ at Publix. First with the cashier, who was from Trinidad. She walked around the counter and gave me a hug. It was a beautiful exchange of loving encouragement. Then, as I’m walking out, another Publix worker starts saying, “Hallelujah, hallelujah,” and cheering me on (I presume he witnessed me and the cashier’s exchange and I was proclaiming how I hoped all came to know that Christ is Lord and they need Him to go to heaven.” So I asked him, “Are you a Christian,” he said, “Oh yes I am.” He was from India. So we fellowshipped briefly, and I continue outside. As I’m waiting for hubby, I begin singing, “Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Yet another, young Publix worker approaches, riding one of those automatic carts for the disabled, and we begin to fellowship. He was of Latin descent. Then lastly, he drives away, and a gentleman walks out of the Publix. I just felt compelled to bless him so I do, “God bless you.” He returns the blessing and continues to his car. Hubby comes out and we head to our car, only to discover the man I just blessed happened to park right next to us. After putting his groceries away, he comes around and says, “You know lots of times people bless, but it’s just like they say it to say it, but you sounded like you really meant it.” So then we fellowship. He’s a Christian Haitian. I was so encouraged by all of my family in Christ and so blessed by the instant love and encouragement pouring from our hearts and kindred spirits in Christ. It reminded me of heaven, when Revelation says there’s a multitude from every nation before the throne of God, praising Him.

To be honest, I was briefly discouraged about finances as I came to the cashier, but I decided to preach the gospel and that’s when I discovered the cashier was already saved and she actually was blessed by my boldness and needed that encouragement, telling me how she was down all day because her mother has Alzheimer disease. And I just left Publix so filled with joy. I was reminded by God that this life is not about being able to afford all the food you want and being free from money concerns. It’s about expanding the kingdom of God and loving your brothers and sisters in Christ, and seeking to encourage them. All of this is so temporary. I can die tomorrow and be free from all my financial concerns. I live for the afterlife, for heaven, my true home, where I’ll be eternally set. If I’m [American] poor all my life here, so be it. It’s but a moment in light of eternity.

So my dear beloved brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus the Lord, I encourage you today to keep your mind on heavenly things, not on things of the earth. These temporary afflictions are nothing but fleeting shadows, and they even produce in us the perseverance we need in order to continue walking with Christ.

This world is getting darker, but by God’s grace we have the light of Christ. Though money may disappear on bills, family or friends may forsake us, and a job may be lost, God will never leave us. He is our ever-present help in time of need and in time of security. Christ loves us and suffered poverty, He had no home, He suffered persecution; the very ones He created hated Him, He suffered physical abuse and ultimately an agonizing death.

He’s been through everything you’re going through yet never sinned. He is thus able to empathize with you and strengthen you. And though it is contrary to the fleshly mind, the mindset of the world, we are blessed to suffer for our Lord. He chastens only those who are indeed His children, and He counts us worthy to share in His suffering that we too may experience the closeness and dependency He experienced on the Father and share in His holiness. Then we’ll get the true riches found in heaven, incorruptible and everlasting.

But our greatest reward is being able to see the Father and Christ face-to-face, the one who gave up everything for us. To have His precious, scarred hands wipe our tears away and to have Him be our loving and caring King eternal. We will never again suffer lack or feel pain. Our bodies will be glorious and immortal like Christ’s. O, the riches and the glory that await those of us who endure the trials and tribulations of this life and cling to our blessed Savior. We have nothing to fear, for Christ has given us everything we need and more. I love you family.

“Strengthen the weak hands, And make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, With the recompense of God; He will come and save you.” Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then the lame shall leap like a deer, And the tongue of the dumb sing. For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, And streams in the desert. The parched ground shall become a pool, And the thirsty land springs of water; In the habitation of jackals, where each lay, There shall be grass with reeds and rushes. A highway shall be there, and a road, And it shall be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it, But it shall be for others. Whoever walks the road, although a fool, Shall not go astray. No lion shall be there, Nor shall any ravenous beast go up on it; It shall not be found there. But the redeemed shall walk there, And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, And come to Zion with singing, With everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, And sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” (‭Isaiah‬ ‭35‬:‭3-10‬ NKJV)

Why Christianity Is Our Only Hope For True Peace

None will harm or destroy another on My entire holy mountain, for the land will be as full of the knowledge of the Lord as the sea is filled with water. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭11‬:‭9‬ HCSB)

All the chaos, murder, hatred, slavery, racism, rape, and violence in the world can be attributed to this one fact: a lack of knowledge of the One True God: The God and Father of Jesus Christ the Lord, who Himself is God in the flesh. When people do not know Him intimately, meaning, they do not follow Him as Master of their life, they are a slave to their own desires. And those desires are always rooted in evil; greed, lust, fame, hate, selfishness. When a person has yet to recognize they have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God by lying, stealing, hating, lusting, envying, using His name in place of a cuss word (blaspheming), and thus, do not recognize their great need for forgiveness and salvation from themselves, for God promises to judge all for their works; and when they fail to realize forgiveness is found alone in the Perfect Person, God Himself in the flesh, Jesus Christ, who never sinned and therefore never fell short of God’s glory, by their ignorance or willful disobedience, they reject Christ’s perfect sacrifice of Himself on a cross and they continue living out their destructive desires.

Christ came into the world to save sinners. What that means is, He lived perfectly, never once offending or rebelling against God, and then died on the cross in our place (the bible says God’s wrath for mankind was poured out on His Son on that wooden stake). Christ then rose from the dead three days later to prove He has power over death and can thus offer everyone who trusts/follows Him eternal life and forgiveness. But that’s not all Christ’s death accomplished. After He died and rose, He sent His own Holy Spirit to live in the hearts of those who trust in Him, that they may become transformed children of God who are no longer slaves to their old sinful nature, but are now able by the power of the Holy Spirit to live godly and honorable lives before God, a life fully pleasing to Him that impacts others to give their life to God, and a life that is able to experience and share God’s incredible love to all who need it and want it.

Their mission is no longer to receive attention and affection from a guy, to be wanted by many, because they know Christ, the greatest being of all wants them and died for them.

They no longer live to become rich, because their life is now enriched with love, hope, peace, compassion, and the power to save souls through Christ’s gospel (literally). And they know this earthly life is temporary, but they have an eternal life where streets of gold, and a crown awaits them.

They don’t live to be smarter than the next guy, because they’ve now obtained the knowledge and understanding of God and there is no higher form of perception. They are mind-blown and continue to be as they grow in their knowledge of Christ and His love and the true purpose of human existence.

They no longer believe they’re more superior than another human being because their skin color is lighter, because they know we all came from the same two humans and more importantly, we’re all created in the image of God Himself and He knew us all before we were born and had His Son die for the whole world, not just a certain ethnicity.

This is what the True God does in the hearts of those who know Him. And if everyone laid down their foolish pride that is leading them to destruction and the destruction of others either physically, mentally or emotionally (or all three), and surrendered to Jesus Christ as Lord, then and only then will true peace reign, and love saturate the earth.

But as it is written, not everyone will surrender to Christ. They will believe they know better than the God who made them, and thus continue following their own ways, hurting themselves and others. In the end, they will be destroyed by eternal fire for God offered them a clear path to forgiveness in a radical display of love and sacrifice yet they persisted in rejecting it. They seal their own fate and as they go down, they drag many with them.

Then after they stand in defiance to Christ one last time, only to fall to Him, this earth will be made new. All those who loved their wickedness will be cast away, and all those who loved/obeyed Christ and thus truly loved others will reign with Him in this new gorgeous city, the New Jerusalem, where streets are paved of gold, gates are hewn of pearl, walls are embedded with several precious stones, and all pain and death is done with.

That’s the peaceful city I look forward to and it will inevitably come. And as bible prophecies rapidly unfold, the Day draws all the nearer. I believe my generation and the next will be alive to see it.

So, I leave you with this: the bible says there’s no middle ground, you are either sons of Satan or sons of God. Whose side are you on?

Everyone Needs To Know This, Or They’ll Die

How tragic that so many pastors stand before thousands and do not tell them the need for grace, but only tell them about grace.

My generation needs salvation, not a pep talk.

We need someone to be real with us.

Tell us no, God hates sin. He hates premarital sex. He hates lying. He hates stealing. He hates homosexuality. He hates it so much He sent His only perfect Son to be brutally beaten and crucified for sin so we who give up those things and turn to God can be cleansed and forgiven by the precious blood of Jesus.

That is the grace of God! He sees our evil, our dirtiness, and He deals with it. He sacrifices Himself upon a rugged cross and says, “Follow me, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light. I will heal you. I will give you power over satan and the sin that has enslaved you. I will wash you and make you my child.”

Praise God He paid the price for our wickedness. Praise God He gives those who repent His Holy Spirit so they can be made whole and live a joy-filled, God-honoring life.

This is the gospel. This is grace. This is true, unfailing love.

Do you have it? Do you know Jesus?

If you want to be made new, if you want to start over, and if you want to be saved from hell, all you need is Christ and His Spirit. If you confess that Jesus is Lord, and trust in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved from both sin and death, and receive eternal life. God’s Holy Spirit will come into your heart and make it clean. He will empower you and give you everything you’ve ever needed and more. How do I know this? Because He did it for me, He did it for my husband, my sister, and so many others I know. None of us are who we used to be. We’ve been made new. We know God loves us and has empowered us to defeat sin and eventually be with Him in heaven for ever. I pray you also embrace Christ and all He died to give you.

An Easy Way To Become Powerful In Christ

It is time for a mind renewal.

As Christians, the devil is always trying to deceive us. Too many of us have bought into those lies, losing faith in what the Scriptures say about who we are in Christ. We have immense, undefeated power over satan and all of his might. All he can do is trick us into thinking we don’t.

Before I ask you to do something, let me reassure you that it is not prideful to proclaim and believe what God says about you, His precious and beloved child and heir. In fact, God wants us to profess and believe His word. Romans says faith comes by hearing, hearing the Word of God.

So I’m going to share with you a number of God’s promises about who you presently are in His Son Christ Jesus. Not who you will be, not who He hopes you to be, but who you are and the power you currently possess.

This is a simple but powerful faith-building routine, and understand that faith is our shield and by it we literally defeat satan. So it it is crucial—vital—for us to build up our faith.

What I want you to do is read these Scriptures out loud. Read them over and over until you believe them. Renewing our mind is a process, so do not read them just today, but every day until you trust they are true and you begin to see victory over whatever is not godly in your life.

Here they are:

You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. (‭1 John‬ ‭4‬:‭4‬ HCSB)

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭13‬ NKJV)

But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭11‬ NKJV)

For this is what love for God is: to keep His commands. Now His commands are not a burden, because whatever has been born of God conquers the world. This is the victory that has conquered the world: our faith. And who is the one who conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? (‭1 John‬ ‭5‬:‭3-5‬ HCSB)

We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him. (‭I John‬ ‭5‬:‭18‬ NKJV)

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (‭II Timothy‬ ‭1‬:‭7‬ NKJV)

I labor for this, striving with His strength that works powerfully in me. (‭Colossians‬ ‭1‬:‭29‬ HCSB)

For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (‭Galatians‬ ‭2‬:‭19-20‬ NKJV)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (‭II Corinthians‬ ‭5‬:‭17‬ NKJV)

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. (Romans. 8:37)