A New Word

In The Air: A New Word

A couple of days ago I experienced my first flight as I traveled to the wonderful city of San Diego, California! It was actually amazing and because I try to look for God in EVERYTHING, I saw His goodness from a new perspective while I was IN THE AIR. I looked out the window and saw the city from above. There were so many cars, houses, and landmarks to see. As we continued to ascend thousands of feet into the air, nothing was even recognizable anymore. I began to feel so small as I looked at a “bigger picture” of the world and realized that I’m only a small part of it. Yet, in that smallness I still felt important and very much so precious as I meditated on how much God loves and cares for me!

God has this whole world to oversee-trees, mountains, oceans, animals, people-but He still doesn’t forget to care for me! He could be too busy making sure the oceans stay calm or the moutains remain standing upright, but He’s not! He tends to this, that, and the third; AND He still tends to me too! That is so good and comforting to know! Then on the other hand, I also thought about how some people often think more of themselves than they should. Sometimes because people are blessed with beauty or a particular gift; they begin to think they are better, bigger, and more important than other people or things. But I’ve got a news flash for us all today: the world is so much BIGGER than us!

Just like God cares for and blesses you, He does the same for others who trust in Him too! He even cares for the grass of the fields! While in the air I truly saw how big the world is. Now we are indeed important; yet at the same time we are only a small fraction of this big world. So we should never think of ourselves as more than we really are. However, we should be FOREVER GRATEFUL that our God sits up high and is gracious/meciful enough to look down on and care for us, even though we are so small and unworthy! He could just sit up high, on His throne, and never look down to regard us; but I’m so glad He doesn’t do us that way! He really cares for us my friends, He really does!

Psalm 138:6 (New King James Version)

“Though the Lord is on high, Yet He regards the lowly; But the proud He knows from afar.”

-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

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

Deep Questions

A Life Measured: Deep Questions

What if the value of your life was measured by the number of people you’ve shown the light and love of God to?…Would this make you rich or poor?

Let’s say for every person you’ve shown the light and love of God to, your life’s value would increase by 1,000 dollars. Now there’s no telling how many people we encounter on a daily basis; so if we were to show every single person we encounter the love and light of God, it would take no time for the value of our lives to reach the millions. From our family and friends, to people on our jobs, individuals we reach through social media, and even strangers we walk pass in stores-we have hundreds of encounters with different individuals within one day alone. And whether the encounters are as big as holding an entire conversation with someone, or as small as simply holding the door open for another-we have countless opportunities to let God’s light shine through us! The kind word you could speak, that helping hand you could lend, or the simple smile you could give a stranger in passing could give someone a glimpse of God and initiate a desire within them to learn more about Him.

Now while we don’t always receive money as a reward for every positive encounter we have with others, aren’t our deeds being recorded in the books up in Heaven? And in the end, won’t God reward us (according to our deeds) with ETERNAL RICHES AND GLORY, which far exceeds any earthly or monetary reward? My friends I urge you to obey the call of God, which is to let your light so shine that God may be glorified through you. God may not attach a dollar amount to our lives based off of the good works we do, but He does count us worthy of His eternal riches by examining the works we have done for Him. Ultimately, the works we do determine whether we are RICH with the promise of eternal glory or POOR with the promise of eternal damnation. So right now, with all you are doing for God, what is your promise? Are you rich or poor? What is the value of your life?

People of God: I encourage you to seriously ponder these questions and make any necessary changes while there’s still time!

Matthew 5:16 (New King James Version)

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

-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.

Deep Questions

Losing For God: Deep Questions

I have a deep yet simple question for you: What have you lost lately on account of living for God?

Take a moment to think about it-have you lost a friend lately, a job, or a prized possession? Now nobody likes to lose things because it often hurts; however, today I want to remind you that all losses are NOT bad. Sometimes we need to lose “so called” friends or lovers that may be pulling us away from following the call of God. Sometimes even our jobs threaten our relationship with God, causing us to make ungodly decisions just to keep the position of power we may have. Then even the fancy material things we have may become our idols and distract us from worshipping God and God only. I would go so far to say that if you call yourself living for God and have not lost ANYTHING lately, you may not actually be completely sold out to God. When we surrender to God’s will COMPLETELY we will lose some things! Point. Blank. Period. As we ask God to fill us and take control of our lives He will REMOVE from us some bad people, ungodly places, nasty habits, and anything in our lives that is not like Him.

Yet when we’ve lost these things in order to get closer to Christ, we have still GAINED because ALL things we need are in Him. I urge you-if you have not lost anything lately, you may want to re-evaluate your relationship with God. You may be holding on to some things that God is trying to remove from your life-all because they seem good to you, and you don’t want to go through the pain of losing them. However, I encourage you to be like the Apostle Paul, who said those things which seemed to be good or of value to him, He gladly gave them up to grab ahold of the IMMEASURABLE knowledge and fullness of God. I guarantee you-once you lose some things you will gain so much in God as you fully surrender to His will and get aligned with every detail of His plan for your life! Now to those of you who already know you’ve indeed lost some things for Christ’s sake, I say to you: be assured that a loss for the sake of Christ is nothing short of a gain and your reward from God is on the way!

So again I ask you, What have you lost lately on account of living for God?

Philippians 3:7-8 (New King James Version)

“But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ”

-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

A New Word

Endurance: Running The Race

Our walk with God is like a race that runners run; however, unlike a regular race, the objective is not to run the fastest or make it to the finish line first. The goal is to simply finish or complete the race. So this actually means we can run a little, walk a bit, crawl, or maybe even scoot some of the way-just as long as we make it to the finish line. Now this is all very important for believers to remember because we will indeed have good and bad days. Some days we will run with such skill and speed, making much progress toward our goals. Then some days we will be weak, discouraged, and literally have to drag ourselves out of bed-only to make little progress toward our goals. But so what if you’re having a slow or bad day? So what if others around you are running their race a little faster than you today? You’re not trying to make it to the finish line before anybody else-you’re just trying to make it there. Point. Blank. Period.

Even if you’re moving slower on today or barely moving at all, YOU ARE STILL MOVING! And if you’re still moving, you are still in the race! So keep on fighting! The pressures of life may make your race more difficult to run, but the Word of God tells us to run our race with ENDURANCE. Now endurance is the ability to go through difficult situations without giving up, without quitting the race. Yes life may throw some punches at you that may bring you to your knees, making it hard to run at your desired speed. You might trip over a stumbling block and have to crawl for a bit. But that’s ok! God just wants you to endure, to keep moving, and to stay in the race-no matter how fast or skillfully you move. So keep loving God, keep doing His good works, and keep obeying Him until your eyes close for that final time; only then will your race be successfully completed. Endure my friends, until the very end!

Hebrews 12:1 (New King James Version)

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us”

-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.

Bits of Knowledge

Out of Alignment: Bits of Knowledge

One very common sign that your car needs a front end alignment is when it pulls to either the left or right when trying to drive it down a straight path. It becomes very difficult to keep your car on a straight path as the steering wheel “does its own thing,” turning whichever way it wants to. Now just like our cars, sometimes we can be in serious need of realignment too…realignment with GOD! Just like that car has a difficult time driving down the road, we have a difficult time going down the RIGHT PATH, and we end up missing or bypassing the blessings God has for us-all because we are OUT OF ALIGNMENT with Him.

Now when a car needs an alignment there can be a number of different parts on the car that may be worn out and need replacing. Likewise, when we need to be realigned with God, we may have some things in us that need to be replaced. Perhaps we may be speaking some negative words which need to be replaced with positive words found in the Word of God. Maybe we’ve been thinking bad thoughts which need to be switched out with good thoughts that the Word tells us to think on. I encourage you my friends, take this time to examine yourselves!

Ask yourself: Am I fully aligned with God’s Word? Do my thoughts, words, desires, and deeds AGREE with God’s way? Even the things I allow to entertain me, do they line up with the things that are pleasing in God’s sight? If your answer is no, I warn you-you are in danger of missing a blessing God may have for you! You are OUT OF ALIGNMENT with God! God is trying to take you down a specific path, but you are pulling in another direction! And you may be on the verge of bypassing the very blessing you’ve been longing for so deeply! Don’t miss your blessing my friend! Get realigned with God while there’s still time!

Proverbs 3:6 (New King James Version)

“In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”

-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

Single Yet Married: New Perspective

I’m a single young lady who is eagerly waiting to marry my future husband; yet at the same time I’M MARRIED and have been married for quite some time. You might ask, “How could this be?” Well…The Word of God tells me that God is my husband! Yeah-Isaiah 54:5 (New King James Version) says, “For your Maker is your husband, The Lord of hosts is His name, And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole earth.” Now an earthly husband should protect, provide, comfort, and lead his wife. And God, as my spiritual husband, does these same things for me! God indeed protects me with His whole and mighty armor (Ephesians 6:13-18, NKJV). He provides for me and supplies all my needs (Philippians 4:19, NKJV). He helps or comforts me through the filling of His Holy Spirit (John 14:26, NKJV). And He leads me by the light of His Holy Word (Psalm 119:105, NKJV). Now marriage is honorable in the sight of God and there is nothing wrong with desiring an earthly husband. However, we single ladies must remember that before we even meet our earthly husbands we are already MARRIED TO GOD.

Trust me, I know the wait may seem long and may get a little discouraging at times, but we should be content with our Spiritual Husband until He sees fit to bless us with an earthly one. Now the great part about waiting so long for your desired husband is having FULL ASSURANCE that God can indeed take care of you and keep you, with or without a husband. I’m 26 years old and have been living independently in my own apartment, paying my own bills, for over three years now. Not once have I gone hungry or without-I’m living proof that God will indeed provide. God has proven Himself to be a great husband to me, and I’m looking forward to the day He blesses me with an earthly husband! So be encouraged single ladies-you are indeed married or joined to God in the Spirit. He can be EVERYTHING that an earthly husband can be to you, if you let Him. Be satisfied with just God by your side and trust that He will put a good man by your side when the time is right!

-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

Learn From It: New Perspective

If it hurts you-learn from it! Did you foolishly put yourself in a position to be hurt? Is your defense mechanism not strong enough? Did you have on the WHOLE armor of God when you got hurt?

If something makes you mad-learn from it!…Why does this thing get you so upset? Can you control the anger? Can you be angry about it and still avoid retaliating back with sin?

If something frustrates you-learn from it!…Why does it bother you so bad? What happened in your past that makes you unable to tolerate this kind of thing now? How can you tolerate this thing enough to not let it ruin your entire day?

Sometimes it seems like we can’t help but to get sad, upset, or frustrated about things because we are indeed human- we were made to feel things, and people can definitely PROVOKE us at times. Yet the problem isn’t merely feeling negative emotions, it’s allowing these negative emotions to consume us or cause us to sin. Here recently I was very upset about something, and honestly any normal person would have been upset about it. However, I was allowing this anger to overcome me, to consume my daily mood and thoughts. I seriously had to take a step back, examine myself, and ask myself this question-why is this thing getting me so extremely upset?

After seeking God for understanding and allowing myself to be completely honest about the situation, I LEARNED that I was more upset or disappointed with myself, rather than the other person. I was upset with my own self because I willingly left myself open to be hurt and I knew better! I knew good and well it was my own job to PROTECT ME! Looking back, I see the exact spiritual mistakes I made and I pray that God will help me to avoid making these silly mistakes again. Glory be to God that I was able to LEARN of my own flaws so that I can do better in the future and move on to bigger and greater things! So today I encourage you to do the same with whatever you may be dealing with! You may be going through something really awful right now and bluntly put-you’re in it now so there’s no way to undo it! All you can do now is GET THROUGH IT and LEARN from it every step of the way!

Proverbs 9:9 (New King James Version)

“Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.”

-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.