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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Can't Be Walking On Eggshells

But I'll admit that I have tried a few times these past couple of weeks. And here's why. It's time to move on from the topic of how much God loves us. I am all about sharing the love of God. He defines the word awesome. No question! And bolstering confidence and self-esteem in people is just part of my nature. Stepping on toes and tsk tsking? Um, not so much. For the most part, I do not care to make waves. Not even a ripple.

I'd been trying to decide which topic to broach first and kept changing my mind. Trying to think of an oh so gentle way to start the conversation without making anyone uncomfortable. *C-R-R-R-R-UNCH* Eggshells. I've had a lot of talks with God about this these past weeks, believe me. And for awhile the majority of them were just me rambling on about how maybe I should share the love just one more time. ("You are stalling.")  I squelched that thought down as soon as it came and tried to press on.  In fact, maybe that is what I should do with this blog after all. You know? Keep it positive, upbeat. That's a good thing, right? ("That was not the plan.") That thought was a little harder to submerge because I know it was not the plan. And because I have tried in the past to side-step a little and carry on kinda sorta doing what I knew the Holy Spirit was leading me to do so I didn't really have to step out of my comfort zone, I know things don't turn out the way they would have had I stuck with the plan. His plan. I apologized for trying to change things and asked God to make me bold. Then started thinking about verses I know and love that contain that word. Paul tells us that when Jesus is our Lord and Savior, we can go boldly before the throne. (That was me paraphrasing. Hebrews 4:14-16 if you want to read it verbatim.) And there are several that talk about men speaking boldly to share the gospel message. It was one of those I was trying to place, but couldn't remember who was emboldened or where exactly to find it.

I will admit to you that I am really bad at remembering exactly where to find Bible passages, but I know it's in there and over the years have purchased books that help me. Find It Fast In The Bible by Ron Rhodes is my favorite. I think there is even an online version now, but Google search is usually my source these days. So I googled "boldly Bible verse" and didn't find the specific verse I was looking for but I don't think I was supposed too.

Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request,
and stay alert in this with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints.  
Pray also for me, that the message may be given to me when I open my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel.  
For this I am an ambassador in chains.
Pray that I might be bold enough in Him to speak as I should.       
                                                                                                   ~Ephesians 6:18-20   
That was the first scripture reference that popped up. Exactly what I was asking God to do for me? Yes! Yes, it was! You might say, "Well, it must be the first use of boldly in a Bible verse." I know it is not. May I repeat how amazingly awesome God is? But wait! There's more! He didn't just boost my morale by leaps and bounds, pretty sure He gave me a serious word for you, too. I felt I needed to read the scripture preceding the verse. And was blown away. It's a Bible passage I know well, but like I told you, I would have not a clue where to tell you to look for it without checking a reference. It's not a fact I am proud of, but it is a fact about me and has always been so. I just don't retain those details. (I write things down a lot. Always have a list to reference or I am all over the place.   
Another little about me tidbit for you.)
As a  precursor: Remember when I stood on my soapbox? I said that there is a battle to be won and we are all soldiers for one side or the other?
Christian Warfare
Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength.   Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil.  For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.  This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand. 

 Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on your chest,
and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace. In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word.
 Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert in this with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints.  Pray also for me, that the message may be given to me when I open my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel.  For this I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I might be bold enough in Him to speak as I should.
                                                                                                                   ~Ephesians 6:10-20
Serious business. I think He wants to make sure you understand the importance of what's going on.  Granted, some of the armor of God is reserved for those who know Jesus as Lord and Savior of their lives, but following those you are able is a good way to begin seeking Him. Be truthful. Do what's right.  It is my prayer for you that the rest will come into your life. If you have accepted Jesus into your heart, dust off that armor and suit up every day! This is war! We must be ready to take a stand.
As far as this blog goes, it is time to move forward. We are going to start addressing the thing that separates us from God. Our sin problem. Every one has one, Christian or non. Things the world says are ok are far from it. Things the world says are okay pull us a little farther and a little farther away from God. It is a battle plan of the devil, himself. I want you to be well armed. I'll not be walking on eggshells in fear of seeming judgmental and prudish any longer. Nope. Not kissing that frog. I will trust that God will take us where He would have us go.
So, pray for me, please, that the message may be given to me when I put my fingers to keyboard to make known with boldness the message of the gospel. Bold enough in Him to speak as I should.
I'll be praying for you, too. :)    

Monday, March 2, 2015

You've Got Mail


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Did you open it?  
Such powerful words!
I hope you allowed them to fill your heart and soul for they are speaking of the relationship God wants to have with you .
You may have seen this post up yesterday. I started to post just the video because it is surely able to stand on it's own. Every word is true. Believers are sure to be inspired time and again as the words wash over them. Non-believers can surely come to the realization that there is indeed a Creator and He wants to establish a relationship with them. But there is something I want to make sure everyone realizes because there is another frog croaking loudly in this world. It is bellowing the news that there is no hell. Ultimately, everyone is going to heaven in the end. If this is a belief that you have heard or embrace, I do not want anything said in this letter to have been strung together in a way that allows your thought process (which is easily swayed by the clamor of a fallen world!) to wallow in that bog!   
It is my obligation to make sure you know that this is not true. Throughout the video, the verses tell of how much God loves you. He planned for you to exist even before the creation of this world. He has a plan for your life, will never stop doing good for you and will one day wipe every tear from your eye. I believe wholeheartedly that every good thing that comes to us, believer or no, is a gift from God. But to find the plan intended for us, to receive life everlasting and one day know no sorrow or pain, we must pay attention to God's words when talking about Jesus' main reason for coming here to earth. He came to reconcile us to God. To become reconciled, we must realize our need for a Savior. We must understand that we have done and will do things that displease God. Because God is pure goodness, light and love, He can not abide sin. Just can not be around it. 
But there was one man that walked this earth and lived a sin free life. There was one man who, because He had led a life resisting temptation and choosing to follow God's will in everyway, became an acceptable sacrifice in God's eyes for the sin of mankind. This man was Jesus.  God's one and only son. Jesus knew what living such a life meant to His Father. It made Him an acceptable sin sacrifice for all of mankind. Jesus chose to give His life on the cross to complete His mission because He loves us so much. He didn't have to do that. He, too, had the choice of free will. He chose us. We, too, must choose Him.

I was happy to see they have added the statement at the end of this video message telling how to receive Jesus as your personal Savior and ask Him into your heart. Even sharing a prayer, although you may certainly use any words you choose! But they don't mention one last step. Tell someone. In our church, we teach the a b c's of becoming a Christian. When you talk (pray) to God the prayer of your salvation:
A - Admit to God that you are a sinner. You have done things in your life that displease Him.
B - Believe that Jesus Christ is God's one and only Son. Tell God that you believe that and ask Jesus to come into your heart as you accept Him to be your Savior and Lord.
C - Confess with your tongue that Jesus is Lord. That simply means tell somebody of this decision you have made and what it means. What does it mean? It means welcome home for you are heaven bound! It means all of heaven is rejoicing! It means you are free of the past. It means your new life has begun!  
 I hope you choose life everlasting.
I hope these words you have seen and heard here today resonate in your very soul!
God wrote you a letter!
See you next time :)