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Using God: New Perspective

If people only call us when they NEED something we get mad, right?! If they never call to just check on us or to simply say “I love you,” we get down right upset! We feel they are only USING us and we often cut them off as soon as we reach this conclusion. Now I agree, it doesn’t feel good to be used; and most times it’s best to cut ties with a person who does such because they will completely DRAIN you for every good thing you have. BUT consider this-why do some of us try to use GOD in this same selfish way and think nothing of it?!

It’s ironic that we get mad at mere PEOPLE for doing things against us only to turn around and do the same things toward our most loving and faithful God. Now the Word of God tells us that NOTHING should separate us from His love. Yet often we let “good times” separate us from Him. As long as we are in good health, successful, have no major family problems, and feel we have no immediate need of anything; we get too relaxed and “forget” to continually call upon God. However, when trouble strikes again we run right back to God in prayer-does this sound familar to anybody?

Today I want to encourage you to “check yourself” least you be found guilty of trying to use God. Make it a habit that you pray EVERYDAY, when things are good and when things are bad. Stop throughout the day to just acknowledge seemingly simple blessings and say, “Lord I thank you.” Sometimes just lift up your head toward the heavens and say, “Lord I love you.” And even when things are good, continually call upon God that He might continue to protect you from tragedy least the enemy find a way to sneak in and steal your joy. 

Romans 8:38-39 (New King James Version)

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our 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.

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Scars: New Perspective

When I was about 7 years old I caught a nasty skin infection that caused awful bumps to pop up on one of my arms and the lower half of my body. The other day I was looking in the mirror and realized that almost 20 years later I still have scars from the infection; and only a few have almost faded away. Now I must admit I’m a bit self conscious about them and have always wanted to keep them covered-they’re not exactly pretty. Anyhow-this made me think about how many of us have spiritual, emotional, and mental scars from events like past bad relationships, disappointments, and losses. Even though the events may have happened years, maybe even decades ago, these scars cause us shame and still affect how we operate on a daily basis. 

Now it’s important for children of God to understand this: it’s okay to have scars as they are only a sign that we have survived a storm. In fact, as children of God I believe we’ll all pick up a few scars along the way because the Word of God tells us that many are the afflictions of the righteous but God will deliever his children from them all (Psalm 34:19, New King James Version). And where there are aflictions there will also be scars to follow! However, we shouldn’t be ashamed of our scars, allowing them to hold us back from walking in spritual BOLDNESS or moving FORWARD with our lives.

Still some of us hide scars on our hearts, covering them by putting up emotional walls, refusing to ever love again. Then many of us hide scars of disappointment by putting up walls of negativity, vowing to never try a new thing or “get our hopes up” again. Now if this is you, today I encourage you to EMBRACE your scars because they tell a story of what God has brought you through; and the good news is that you’re still STANDING. So being that God thought enough of you to keep you standing, let not one of your scars, whether it’s physical or in another form, hold you back from doing any GOOD thing you want to do. Go ahead and be BOLD in the Lord, scars and all!

Philippians 1:20 (NKJV)

“according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.”

-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. 

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Boxes: New Perspective

If you put 3 pennies into an empty box there’s no way you can put your hand in and pull out a quarter, of course not, because the only thing that can come OUT of a box is what you’ve put IN! Now our spirits are much like empty boxes; GOOD things will not come out if we are constantly putting BAD things in. We subconsciously allow things into our spirit all day long; whether it be through things we watch on television, music we listen to, or conversations we engage in. If we are constantly watching drama filled television shows, listening to vulgar music, or even just idly listening to gossiping conversations; what do you think will eventually come back out of us after we have taken all of this negative stuff in?! The Word of God even tells us that evil communications ruin good manners, meaning in spite of our efforts to do right, if we hang around ungodliness long enough we too will become ungodly.

Now I must admit it took me a while to realize this; but once I made some changes I noticed a big shift in my thoughts, desires, conversations, and even my actions. A few years back I started listening to only gospel music-so guess what type of catchy hooks and phrases are popping up into my mind all throughout the day now?…Good and positive ones that remind me of how good God is! I even had to stop reading those “over the top” romance books that can put all types of lustful thoughts into your mind-now all I read is The Bible and godly motivational books. So guess who’s always got a scripture on their mind or an encouraging word coming from their lips now?…Me! Now if you want to see a shift in the things that flow from you, I encourage you to seriously think about what you’ve been allowing into your spirit, then make some necessary changes. And remember, the only thing that can come OUT of a box is what you’ve put IN!

I Corinthians 15:33 (New King James Version)

“Do not be deceived: Evil company corrupts good habits.”

-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.

 

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Worthy: New Perspective

Have you ever been in the middle of praise or worship, thought about something ungodly you’ve done, and then all of a sudden felt UNWORTHY to praise or worship God? Well, I’ll be the first to admit this has happened to me before. Now while it is important to clean up our act after we’ve been convicted of our wrong doings, it’s also important that we NEVER feel unworthy to even praise/worship God. Even when we have messed up and even when we are not right or worthy; God is still and ALWAYS will be worthy of all the honor, glory, and praise. The Word of God tells us that He never changes; He’s always the same.

Yesterday God was good; today He is good; and forevermore He will be good! Sure you might have backslid. Yeah you might have sinned; but does that change the fact that God woke you up this morning? Does that change the fact that God healed your body and made a way out of no way for you?…No, it doesn’t! So give God the praise; and bow down before Him in true worship! When you are convicted of your wrongs, REPENT and do BETTER but never stop giving God what He deserves! You can fall short a thousand times and some more; but God remains WORTHY-that will never change!

Hebrews 13:8 (New King James Version)

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

-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.

 

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Work Out: New Perspective

We often beat ourselves up when things don’t “work out,” continually going over a list of things we could’ve possibly done better; and sometimes we even begin to question our own value. True enough, sometimes things fall apart because we should’ve done BETTER than what we did. However, when we’ve truly given a thing our best shot, sometimes things don’t work out simply because they were NOT supposed to work out. Now whether it be a business plan that fell through or a relationship that didn’t last, if we are honest with ourselves, we all know when it was truly our own fault or not. Even when we refuse to admit it or say it out loud, we know when we have truly given something our best effort and when we barely gave it any effort at all.

Now if you’ve been running yourself crazy trying to figure out why “it” didn’t work out while knowing full well that you gave it your ALL;  I encouraged you to let it go, pick your head up, and keep pressing on. You gave it your best try; that’s all you could’ve done! If it didn’t work out, it wasn’t for you! When “IT” doesn’t work out, remember that ALL things work TOGETHER for your good. You think you lost something; but you CANNOT lose something that was never yours; and if it’s not in God’s will for your life then it’s not yours. So pick yourself up; you have not lost a thing. What’s yours is yours; and you will have it at God’s appointed time! You wanted this; you wanted that-but God has something BETTER!

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.

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You Got It: New Perspective

Many of us often pray in error, asking God to give us MORE power while failing to operate in the FULL power of the Holy Spirit that is ALREADY within us. One can only be a true child of God if he or she is filled with the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9, New King James Version).  Now the Holy Spirit is the Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead, the Spirit that caused Christ to defeat every form of darkness, even death itself. If we have asked for and received the Holy Spirit, we have this exact same Spirit of  UNDEFEATED POWER in us!

However, in order to see the power of the Holy Spirit manifest in our lives, we must actually WALK in the Spirit and be LED by the Spirit. You see, everything of the Spirit is GOOD. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5:22-23, NKJV). Walking in these good things we will automatically avoid bad or sinfully things-avoiding sin is nothing but POWER! Children of God: you are filled and sealed with the Holy Spirit; that means you already have the power to do any GOOD thing you want or need to do. You got the power, YOU GOT IT!

Romans 8:12 (NKJV)

“But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”

-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.

 

 

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New Year Hype: New Perspective

I hope none of you have fallen victim to the new year hype. You know, the one where you’re excited for like TWO MINUTES about what the new year might bring. You’re claiming blessings, setting goals, and feeling good about life but only for a short time. Once that initial hype and newness of the new year wears off you’re back at square one; hopeless, miserable, and not so joyous. If this has happened to you already I encourage you to stop placing your hope on ONE day; and start placing your hope on our Heavenly Father, THE ONE who makes the days. Know that you can surely have all those things you were claiming at the first of the year; however, you will have to put in some WORK and endure some PAIN in order to get them.

When you have to return back to work and deal with those nasty coworkers on January 2nd, deal with your unruly children on January 3rd, or pay those bills that just won’t seem to go away on January 4th; I encourage you to stand fast on all the blessings you declared over your life on January 1st. If you keep praying, and fasting, seeking God diligently, and believing with all faith for your blessings they WILL come. They might not come on January 2nd or maybe not even half way through the year; but they WILL come if you keep believing by faith and WAITING on the Lord. To every believer of God: Our hope is not in any particular day or year-for days and years pass away. However, our hope is in the One who will always remain, the One who hold every day and all  time in His hands!

Psalm 39:7 (New King James Version)

“And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You.”

-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.