Thursday, April 26, 2012

Hurting

See, we all hurt in some way or another. We're imperfect people, living imperfect lives, in an imperfect world. So there's going to be some pain, whether it's deep down inside, or on the surface for all to see.
Honestly, it'd be weird to have a day without it. But, we don't have to face this alone. At least we shouldn't.
I was inspired to write this post by this amazingly awesomely epic song on my iPod, called "New Reality." It's basically about realizing what Jesus did, and facing this new reality, changing and adjusting your life to it. The song also has this part of the lyrics where it's like Christ is literally speaking to you. That part inspired me to write this.
So yeah, imagine Jesus speaking to you as you read this too.


"Hey. I can see your hurt. I also see your pain.
You can fool your friends, you can fool your family, you can fool the whole world, but you can't fool me. I see deep into your soul. Nothing in it is unknown to me; I was there the day it was created.
Your feelings; the happiness, the sadness, the anxiety, I know everything. I know how it feels. And I'm not only talking about what happened on the cross.

I know how it feels to be hated. Remember all the times the Pharisees wanted me dead?
I know how it feels for your family to be embarrassed of you..my own mother said I was crazy.
I know how it feels to be a reject, and to not fit in.
I know how it feels to have all the pressure of the world on your shoulders.
I know how it feels to be betrayed, to be stabbed in the back.
I know how it feels to want to be dead.
I know how it feels to be lied to.
I know how it feels to be lonely.
I know how it feels to be made fun of, laughed at, to not be accepted, to be treated like an idiot.
I know how it feels to be you.
You aren't meant to face this all alone. I faced the things I did so I could help you. But I can't do that if you keep pushing me away.
I'm not going to just force my way in, and make myself at home. I'm only going to help, if you allow me to.
I know that might take some time, so take it. I am, and always will, be patient with you. 
But don't put off to tomorrow, what you can do today. I love you too much to watch you waste away, slowly rotting and dying until there's nothing left to bury. I want to watch you live your life, the way my Father planned it. 
Yeah, there's going to be some pain, some heartache, some headaches, some sleepless nights. But you'll be fulfilling your purpose. You'll be accomplishing what you were put on this earth to do.
But, that won't be possible, unless you allow me to help. I want in on this. Don't let me fade away, and become some distant memory to you. I don't want to be part of your life. I want to be your life.

Friend, they're only two real choices you have. Two real sides you can join. You can either choose me, or choose the world.
The world pretends to care, then chews you up and spits you out. It deceives you, by showcasing and enticing you with what it calls beauty. Then it drags you in and never lets you out. And while you're mesmerized by it, you don't even notice the shackles and cuffs they've chained to your hands and feet. You become a slave to them, forced to live by what the world and society say, with no voice of your own. 
But I loved you enough to die for you. Face it; there's no greater love than that. I gave you freedom. Freedom from sin, the freedom not to fear death, freedom from Satan's grasp, even when he had his twisted fingers all up inside you. I set you free! And I want the best for you. I showed you the love that has never been shown before, and gave it to you, for free. I gave you hope. Hope that is found nowhere else.

So let me in. Take my hand. Don't let me go. I did this for you, because I love you, and want you. Stop running from the person you need the most. I'm right here. I'm ready to help, to shoulder your burdens. I'm only waiting on you."




Have a great day and God bless you guys. And I thank Jesus for letting me be one of his messengers to you. It's truly amazing. Ohh! And remember to check out that song New Reality!! It could really change your life.
Dueces. xP



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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Always be ready

You never know when God is going to use you, or call you into action. You also can't predict when God is going to set you up in a situation, where you have to speak up or take a stand. Neither can you know when pressure is going to come to try and stop you from doing God's will. But you can prepare yourself, for when that time comes.
See, a lot of the time as Christians, we just float around in our own lives instead of pursuing God. Some of us get bored in our bubbles, and start seeking God again. Others are so deep into their lives that they don't even notice.
But that's not going to help you grow in Christ. We have to seek God with everything. He's going to show you what you need to know, and what you need to learn.
My friend Madeline is an awesome example. She's @madelinelovesjesus on this app called Instagram. It's like a twitter for photos. I have it too, and one night I was just scrolling through my feed and saw one of the pictures she posted. In the caption, she said how after church, she went to walmart, she saw this couple. The guy said some things to the girl. Some things that really hurt her and things she has probably heard before. She went away crying. Maddie followed her. The girl found the section with the cooking knives. She picked up a knife, and took a deep breath; a breath that she believed to be her last.
That's when Maddie ran over. She took away the knife, and took out her bible from her purse. She showed the girl Ecclesiastes 3:11:  

"Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end." 

The girl asked her who wrote this. Madeline answered, "your Father in heaven."
The girl broke down. Not because of pain, but because of the love that God showed her, through Madeline.
I believe she was saved that night. If not, she's definitely on the right path to knowing Christ. And it's all because Maddie was ready.  
She had God's word in her. Although she hadn't trained for this specifically, she was prepared. And when the time came, she knew which verse to show, and God gave her the right words to say.
That's how we need to be. God gives us downtime to prepare ourselves, to arm and equip ourselves with truth. We need to use it.
Just like in the military. When soldiers are deployed, before they can go overseas to the country they're stationed to, they need training. The soldiers go through a time of training and preparation, so they will be ready fight bravely, and know what to do in the face of war. It's the same for us.
As Christians, whether we're writing an internet blog, or approaching the mission field, we all need preparation. 
So don't let it pass you by. We can't do anything for Christ if we aren't prepared. You have to be ready and willing. Look at Madeline. If she hadn't known the right verses, hadn't had the confidence that she had from studying, she could have ended up watching this girl take her life. But because she was ready and allowed God prepare her, that girl is not only alive, but also on the path for a new life, and a living testimony. 

So I really want to encourage you to think ahead, and just prepare yourself for whatever you feel God is calling you to do. You never know the affect it could have, and the people it could help.

Have a great day and God bless!!


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Just a quick announcement

Okay, so you guys already know I've started and been working on my new series, "Christianity vs." (I still hate the name. It sounds too corny to me. XP)
But when I got the idea, I jumped right in, headfirst. I didn't really give it enough thought, or realize what I was getting myself into. Each post takes a while to create, from the research, to the outlining, to the drafting, editing, then publishing. I thought it would take me 2 or 3 days to write up each post, but in reality it's anywhere from 4 to 6 days. There's a lot of work that goes into this, and a really failed to see it.
I'm currently working on the Hinduism and Mormonism posts simultaneously, and it's pretty exhausting. Plus, since me and my family have been moving, I've been off from school for the past few weeks.(including spring break) Once I start school again next week, I'll have even less time to work on the "Christianity vs" posts. So to keep this blog active, I'll be publishing my regular inspiratio-encouraging stuff in between "Ch vs." posts. (yes I made up my own compound word. Deal with it. xD)
I'm still doing the series, because I have a responsibility to you guys to finish it. I said I would give you a complete series, and God is a witness.
I just don't want you guys having to wait more than a week for one post.
So I'll be taking my series a bit more slowly, so my mind can ease up a bit and so you guys aren't missing any messages God wants me to give you. Sorry if it disappoints anyone, but this is what I see as the best way to continue this. That way I'm not trying to rush my posts, and I can take my time to give you guys my very best.
So yeah, that's everything.

Have a great day everyone! And God bless!!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

"Christianity vs" intro

Christianity vs is a series I'm writing up, on how Christianity stacks up against other major world religions.

I'm not writing this to discourage people of other beliefs, but to encourage other Christians, and help them defend their faith when challenged by other beliefs.

There's a lot of doubt in that area, that we may possibly be the ones following a cult instead of following the truth, and that maybe another religion is right.

Well, with God working through me, I'm here to help show that Jesus IS the truth, despite what other religions may say.

I'll be covering popular world religions such as Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and even Mormonism and Jehovah's Witnesses. (yes, they do believe in Jesus, but it's also what they believe about Jesus)

I was talking to my friend yesterday, and she said she likes learning about other religions, because it strengthens her faith and helps her witness to people better if she knows what they believe.

Well, that's my purpose with this series. So we can know about other beliefs, and how Christianity compares. So if confronted, we can defend it, and if questioned, we can answer for it.
And with that knowledge, God could even use you to lead someone to Christ. :) 
That's what this is all about.

So I pray that you guys will enjoy this series, and that God will work through me and this blog to strengthen your faith. :D

So that's it for now. xP Have a great day and God bless!!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Demanding Things From God


A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus was filled with compassion. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed. (Mark 1:40-42 NIV)

Ask Jesus if he is willing first.
Not to remind Jesus that it's his choice, but to remind ourselves.
All of us have taken Jesus for granted at some point or another. And some of us have even began demanding things from him. There's no excuse for that. And when you start demanding things from God, that's when you get yourself into trouble. 2 Kings 1:9-15 is an awesome example.

"Then the king sent to him a captain of fifty men with his fifty. He went up to Elijah, who was sitting on the top of a hill, and said to him, "O man of God, the king says, 'Come down.'" But Elijah answered the captain of fifty, "If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty." Then fire came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty. Again the king sent to him another captain of fifty men with his fifty. And he answered and said to him, "O man of God, this is the king's order, 'Come down quickly!'" But Elijah answered them, "If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty." Then the fire of God came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty. Again the king sent the captain of a third fifty with his fifty. And the third captain of fifty went up and came and fell on his knees before Elijah and entreated him, "O man of God, please let my life, and the life of these fifty servants of yours, be precious in your sight. Behold, fire came down from heaven and consumed the two former captains of fifty men with their fifties, but now let my life be precious in your sight." Then the angel of the Lord said to Elijah, "Go down with him; do not be afraid of him." So he arose and went down with him to the king." (2 Kings 1:9-15 ESV)

In case you have absolutely no idea what you just read, the king of Israel at that time sent a captain with fifty men to go get Elijah. But Elijah was scared. He didn't want to go. And from my interpretation of it, God allowed those first 100 men to die because they were so prideful. They thought they could go up and demand Elijah, the man of God, to come down; when in reality, they weren't worthy of Elijah or what God had to say through him.
All they knew was that their king wanted Elijah to come down, and he needed to get his butt down there. And guess what? That attitude got them burned up.

But look at the last captain. He fell on his knees before Elijah and begged him to place value on his, and his soldier's lives. He didn't come to him, yelling "come down here Elijah! This is what the king says!" He came before Elijah, on his knees, with a humble heart. Just like the man with leprosy did with Jesus, thousands of years later. That's how we should be with God.

The man with leprosy asked if Jesus was willing before making his request. I wonder what would've happened if he demanded that Jesus heal him instead.

Maybe that could be what's keeping your prayers from being answered. Making Jesus your Lord means that you answer to him, not him answering to you. And your prayers should reflect that.

Have a great day and God bless!

Monday, April 2, 2012

You aren't in this alone.

You are not alone in this. We think that once God gives us an assignment, its all up to us to do everything. That's a lie. It's a lie, because 90% of the things God wants us to do, can't be accomplished on our own.
We need his help.

For example, we aren't meant to try and bring people to Christ on our own. It's impossible because no one can come to Jesus unless God the Father draws them. (John 6:44) We're meant to allow God to lead us to the people he wants us to reach, instead of searching for them by ourselves.

Similarly, we aren't meant to go out into this world alone, because it will be impossible to get anything done. We can do nothing without Jesus. (John 15:5)  We are supposed to go out in the world with Jesus at our side, leading us every step of the way. It's through Jesus that we are able to do all these great things for God, not on your own.

Despite this, sometimes when God gives us a task, we respond "God..how am I supposed to do this?"
Well, remember that God will never give you a task that he won't help you accomplish.

Did Moses lead the Israelites from Egypt and into the promised land on his own? No. God helped Moses accomplish the task he gave him.

Did Abraham leave his home and establish a new nation on his own? No, God guided and instructed him every step of his journey.

Did David preserve Jesus' family line and uphold a kingdom by himself? No, God put things in motion all around David, giving him the perfect setting for his prosperous reign.

Did the Disciples spread the gospel on their own? Did Israel go from tribes to a kingdom on it's own? Did Jesus raise the dead on his own? No. God was involved. And it's the same way with us.

We are never alone in this. God is always present and is constantly working around, and through us. But just like with Elisha's servant, (in 2 Kings 6:15-17 NIV) we sometimes need God to open our eyes to what he's doing.

Have a great day and God bless!! :D