8.31.2010

Feelings and "Feel Good"

So many Christians these days tend to build and base their faith on feelings. We're hear things such as, "I'm fired up for Jesus!" and think that's how your faith is supposed to be.

I've spent quite a bit of time thinking about this and writing a post about it and I felt like today was the day. :)

I just finished reading this article and was pretty much shaking my head yes the whole time. Not that there aren't teenagers in the world who do have a true relationship with Jesus, but these days it really is a lot about feelings and there really isn't a very accurate picture of who God is and Who we serve. I've found that a lot people do think that God wants us to be happy and He only wants whatever we want. However that is not true. God wants what is best for us and sometimes that means that we won't be happy for a while. The Word tells us that the Lord disciplines us because He loves us, not because He wants to punish us, but because He, the God of the Universe, the One who made you and me, LOVES US!!! How truly Awesome is that?! I stand in awe of God because to think that He would pick me to love... wow it absolutely will bring you to your knees.

God gives us feelings for a reason, but our feelings are never meant to be what we base our lives off of or our faith on. I mean, if you're like me then your emotions are up and down all the time. If I were to base my relationship with Christ on feelings then I probably wouldn't have that great of a relationship with Him.

I just want to remind you, brother or sister, that if you're not having a "mountain top" experience right now that is totally okay. Why? Because your faith is completely different from your feelings. Even when you can't feel God, He's there. Be patient and wait on Him because God has a plan for you. As followers of Jesus lets have an authentic faith that people know we have been (and are) with Jesus Christ. Have a really blessed day!!

8.30.2010

We Can Be One

"One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God." Romans 14:5-6

Recently I have been studying Romans and I've been reading Romans 14 for the last two days (definitely check it out, it's such a great chapter!) and I read the above verse and immediately God began speaking to my heart.

What God began showing me and speaking to me is that we as the body of Christ today have destroyed the work of God (vs. 20) because of differences. Isn't that silly? Over something that all of us have; differences. Some people think it's a sin to dance and sing to music and others (including myself ;) see no sin in that (especially since David loved to sing and dance before the Lord, check out the Psalms!) regardless of whether it is or it isn't, if we are all serving the Lord in what we do what does it matter?

I've allowed separations between myself and other brothers and sisters over stupid things that we don't see eye to eye on. We get too caught up in the look of things and never even think to look at the person's motives and their hearts before we start to judge. 1 Samuel tells us that the Father doesn't look at the outward appearance, but He looks at the heart. Why don't we follow that example?

I am challenging myself this week to stop looking at outward appearances and simply look at their heart, the type of person they are. The heart really does say it all. How about you? Will you join me in this? I believe that the body of Christ can be joined together as one (as it is meant to be) if we will look past our differences and see that we all have one thing in common or rather One person/God in common and that is Jesus. It's so amazing that even though we are all different we can still be one body of believers. That makes me smile. :) Have a blessed Monday!!! Praise the King!!

8.24.2010

You Make Me Wanna Dance!!

Okay so I was reading Bianca's blog today and saw this amazing video that seriously will make you wanna dance! ;) Check it out :



Isn't that so fun!?! It is so amazing the things and people God uses for His glory! The video was done when Bianca went on a trip to Kenya and it took 16 teens, 5 dancers, 2 music stars, and 1 producer to get it all together. Of course that is along with a Giant God who has giant plans for those who will listen and be obedient to Him. :) Have a blessed Tuesday!!

8.18.2010

Crazy Love

I finished reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan is was one incredible book. I mean, God opened my eyes to what it really means to follow Him. I was so wrong in what I thought it meant to be His true follower.

I was so convicted while reading that book because it was a huge wake up call to see the things in my life that aren't what God wanted or intended. It definitely wasn't just reading a book it was almost like an experience with the Lord.  No, it was an experience with the Lord. I feel like I'm growing in my relationship with Him because now I can actually see what it means to be a follower of Him.

I would really encourage any Christian who wants the lies that they have been fed by others revealed, to read this book. If you want to be challenged and really live your life for Christ then this book will definitely help. I pray that God opens your eyes to so much while you read this book and through your everyday life.

Have a really blessed Wednesday!! Chase after God, He is chasing after you!! :) Always remember God has a plan in every single thing. He loves you SO much... more than you will ever know!!

8.13.2010

Hang On!!

Not totally sure how to start this post. I haven't posted a while. Why? You may ask, well because I suffered a loss in my family. One of my grandparents died. I am still getting over the fact that their not here anymore. It's crazy!

I was really upset for a few days (and still have a few sob sessions here and there), but I know that they are with Jesus and there is no more suffering or pain or anything. They are happy with our Savior!!

During this trying time God has shown me a few things and I am placing all my trust in Him, for where else could I place my trust? Like James says I will rejoice and be happy in my trials for they produce perseverance, character, and hope.

If you are going through something like this I want you to remember that God is right by your side no matter what! If you love God, He has great plans for you like no eye has seen or ear has heard or minds can fully know 1 Cor. 2:9. Hang onto His promises, they are all we truly have.

Hang on, God is up to something so stand strong in Him and cling to His Word. Stay blessed!

8.01.2010

Change

Since the death of my good friend I've been thinking a lot. God has been teaching me a lot. Don't you just love how after something like this has happened somehow my ears are opened a bit more to His voice?! Maybe it just takes something like this for me to listen.

Anyways, so when someone dies, it makes the people around them think about it as well. So of course that is one thing I have been thinking about. Where would I go if I died right now? What would people say about me? What the Lord say about the way I lived my life? Well, I started reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan and I have just realized that I haven't truly been living my life for God. I've been kinda living for Him, but in all honesty I have been lukewarm. Over and over and over again I've read that verse in Revelation about being spit out of God's mouth if I am lukewarm and yet that didn't stop me from being that way.

The truth is, is that I haven't fully surrendered my life over to Him. At first I thought I had, but I was just lying to myself... and to God (who by the way already knows all, so I really don't know why we think we can cover things up ;) and I am ashamed to say that I haven't been living my life for Him the way He tells us to in His Word.

Actually I've started studying His Word more and in depth and I've realized that if I'm truly living my life the way His Word says to, my life will look way more different from how it looks now.

All this to say that God is changing me. He is showing me how to live my life for Him and how to actually put my faith into action, which according to the Book of James, is the only way you can really have faith. Think about it, if we really believe what we say we believe, then it won't be that we are doing things to get to Heaven (because it's only through Jesus Christ that we get to Heaven), but that we are doing things for others because we believe and we follow and we live what the Lord says.

If you were to die right now, where would you go? I think it's time for us to start living our lives so radically that we don't even have to open our mouths to say we know Jesus, our lives will scream, "I LOVE Jesus!!!". Let's start put our faith into action and loving God with all our hearts, minds, soul, and strength. It will take a lot of sacrificing, but our lives will be so much more worth living that way when we die on earth, but live in Heaven with Jesus! Amen! :) Have a really blessed Sunday!