Deep Questions

On Mute: Deep Questions

If your life was “on mute” meaning no one could hear the words you spoke, would it still be evident that you serve the Almighty God?!

-Could people look at the way you treat others and clearly see the love of God working through you?

-Could they look at your deeds, the places you go, and the way you carry yourself and say: Oh yeah, that’s a child of God?

See we can talk about what we believe in all day long; but our actions are the truest reflection of where our faith really lies. If we really love God and believe He’s real, it will be evident in everything we do that we are indeed children of God. Now it is important for us to boldly proclaim our faith in God from our own lips; however, it is just as important to let our faith be known by our works. And works can only be SEEN; they cannot be heard! So even with your life “on mute,”could your WORKS speak about the mighty God you claim to serve?!…

James 2:17 (New King James Version)

“Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Copyright © 2018 by Adrianna Jones.

 

Bits of Knowledge

Like A Tree: Bits of Knowledge

A tree’s roots keep it securely anchored in the ground. Even when the wind blows or storms rage, a tree with roots that run deep into the ground is not easily knocked down or uprooted. Today I encourage you to be LIKE A TREE-plant the Word of God deep within your heart and let it anchor you in times of trouble! You might wonder: how do I do that?…Well, you can start by reading God’s word DAILY, meditating on it day and night, and actually DOING what it says to do! You see, it’s not enough to only HEAR the Word in church on sunday mornings-hearing the Word only plants the seed. However, once a seed has been planted you must nourish it and do all you can to make it produce fruit!

You can nourish your seeds and continue to make yourself strong in the Word of God by putting the Word in your prayers, everyday conversations, and even in your songs of praise and worship. If you have God’s Word incorporated into every part of your life it is not easy for a lie, test, or storm to uproot you from the truth. For example, difficult times may fool some into believing that certain things are impossible; but those deeply rooted in God with His Word all around them, know that ALL things are possible with God! So be like a tree-let God be the soil that you are rooted in and the Word of God be your roots! And allow the Word to run deep into your heart that you may continue to be STEADFAST and IMMOVABLE in the Lord, even when the storms of life are raging!

I Corinthians 15:58 (New King James Version)

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright ©1982 by Thomas Nelson Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Copyright © 2018 by Adrianna Jones.

Bits of Knowledge

The No’s: Bits of Knowledge

God has allowed so many things in my life to work out just the way I wanted-He’s said YES to so many different things I’ve asked for. However, there have been a few things He didn’t allow to work out quite the way I wanted; in other words He said NO. Now of course I cried out to Him concerning these things-I continually prayed and pled with Him saying, “God please let this thing work out for me.” Yet in spite of all my effort, some things still didn’t pan out the way I wanted. Now I must admit, this often left me feeling hurt and confused-you know how it is when you really want something. If you’ve put your all into something and it still doesn’t work out it can be very frustrating. However, in retrospect I can see so much God was probably trying to protect me from when He said no and I’m THANKFUL to say the least!

You see, we often only want things because they LOOK or SEEM good at first glance or on a surface level. But God sees past the surface and knows exactly what’s hidden-He knows if a thing is truly good, and more specifically if it’s good for us or not. When God tells us no it may be that the very thing we wanted wasn’t as good as we thought it was. So whether it was a job that wouldn’t hire you or let you go, a relationship that failed, or a big plan that just didn’t come together; I want to encourage you that God is indeed faithful to His righteous children. He will NOT withhold anything GOOD from you. If God said no, it probably wasn’t good and it probably wasn’t for you. And just because it didn’t work out the way you wanted that doesn’t mean it didn’t work out in your favor! Scripture tells us that ALL things work together for our good-the ups, the downs, the yea’s, and the nay’s!

Romans 8:28 (New King James Version)

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

 

New Perspective

Small Blessings: New Perspective

Some of us often call new houses, cars, and jobs BIG blessings, while calling things like God waking us up in the morning, the activity of our limbs, and a sound mind SMALL blessings. Some of us even praise God a little differently after receiving a so called big blessing; we might praise Him a little louder and with more thankfulness. However, as I’ve matured in the Lord, I’ve learned there is NO SUCH THING as a small blessing. Consider these things-a cemetery is full of bodies that didn’t get to see another morning. A nursing home or hospital is overflowing with stroke and accident victims who are no longer blessed with the activity of their limbs. Then there are psychiatric wards filled with individuals who have mental health issues and are no longer blessed with a sound mind.

I’m sure none of these blessings would seem small to any of these individuals. My mother actually suffers from a mental illness and when it strikes her it takes away her ability to function properly and clearly understand the things going on around her. Seeing my mother’s struggles over the years has made me most thankful for a right mind; because I understand that without first having a sound mind you can do NOTHING! So to me a sound mind is just as big of a blessing as a new house or car!

However, many of us are always looking for MONEY or something of monetary value when seeking blessings; but let me remind you that in order to receive any blessing you must first have the gift of life. Then in order to fully enjoy your blessings you will need a sound mind, the activity of your limbs, joy, peace, and so many other intangible things. People of God: Let’s not count any blessing small. Let’s acknowledge EVERY blessing we receive from our Heavenly Father and give Him the same praise for each of them! Today I decleare that a blessing is a blessing; and I will praise Him greatly for them all!

Psalm 34:1 (New King James Version)

“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Copyright © 2018 by Adrianna Jones

New Perspective

Mad at People: New Perspective

Just like us children of God have God’s Holy Spirit within us and His power working through us, our adversaries may have unclean spirits in them and the power of the enemy working through them. What children of God are able to do is NOT by their own power or might, but by the power of the Holy Spirit. Likewise what our adversaries are able to do is not by their own power or might, but by the power of satan. Now knowing this, why do we still get mad at people for the wrong they do toward us?! They lie on us, steal from us, and do all sorts of evil things toward us; but truth be told it’s not really them-it’s the power that works through them!

Scripture even tells us that we don’t fight against mere flesh and blood but against principalities and powers. So if we are fighting against principalities and powers, which are in the spiritual realm, we need some SPIRITUAL weapons to fight with. Spiritual weapons are things like prayer, fasting, and the Word of God. Then we can also put on God’s whole armor as a defense tool to block the blows of the enemy (Ephesians 6:13-18, New King James Version) . Let’s be clear about this: satan is the enemy, not people. Therefore, we can’t fight people back with our hands, mean words, or other forms of earthly retaliation and expect to win this battle. So today I encourage you to STOP GETTING MAD AT PEOPLE. Get mad at the devil and use your spiritual weapons to take him down!

Ephesians 6:12-13 (NKJV)

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual host of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Copyright © 2018 by Adrianna Jones.

New Perspective

Choices: New Perspective

Has anybody else ever realized that literally EVERYTHING is a choice? No one can make you do anything and you always have free will to do either this, that, or the other. Even if someone has a gun to your head saying, “Do this or I’ll shoot you,” you STILL have a choice as to what you will do. True enough, that gun to your head may influence your choice or cause your choice to be more difficult to make. However, you STILL have a choice-point blank period. Either you choose to do it and live or not do it and die. Now many of us have never actually had a gun pointed to our heads; however, situations like “either I break the law to get this money or see my bills go unpaid and my family hungry” may seem just like a gun pointed to your head.

I’m sure we’ve all, at some point, faced difficult “back against the wall” situations where we felt as if we had no choice but to do the WRONG thing just to survive or get by. But today I want to remind you that we ALWAYS have a choice. You see, God knew we’d face difficulties in life; however, He still wants us to do what’s right and follow righteousness! So today I encourage you to deliberately choose RIGHT, even when the choice may be hard. Yes choosing right may sometimes leave you hungry, without a job, bills unpaid, or without a friend. But I want to remind you that your Heavenly Father will NOT allow His righteous children to suffer long and you will most assuredly have to give an account for every wrong choice you have made in this life.

Joshua 24:15 (New King James Version)

“And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

New Perspective

Vanity: New Perspective

What does a college degree with a successful career to follow really mean?

What does a beautiful family complete with a loving spouse and kids really amount to?

What does reaching any of our goals, attaining the big house/nice car, or living a “good” life really add up to?

I’ll answer these questions for you: living a good life means absolutely NOTHING and amounts to nothing but vanity IF we have not lived a life worthy of eternal life with our Father in Heaven. I’ve come to the same conclusion that the old wise King Solomon came to. He was the wisest King to every live and had observed ALL things in life, good and bad. He didn’t deny the fact that God indeed wants us to do good and also enjoy the fruits of our labor (Ecclesiastes 3:12-13, New King James Version). Yet King Solomon’s whole thought or conclusion about life was this: a man’s most important duty or work is to FEAR the Lord and keep His law.

You see there’s nothing wrong with wanting to achieve your goals, get married, raise a beautiful family, and enjoy all the fruit of your hard work. However, no matter how good relationships, achievements, or any other earthy things may be; they will all PASS AWAY. And if we don’t have full assurance that we’ll receive ETERNAL goodness in the afterlife with our Father in Heaven, then we have nothing and everything we did while here on earth was in vain! So in closing, I want to encourage you to indeed enjoy life and all its goodness but remember to FEAR God lest your whole life be for nothing!

Ecclesiastes 12:13 (NKJV)

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, this is man’s all.

-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.