Work It Wednesday

Faith Plus Works: Work It Wednesday

If we TRULY believe or have faith in God we should be up DOING His good work! What we SAY we believe in means absolutely nothing if we don’t get up and put some action to it! The Bible even tells us that FAITH without WORKS is dead (James 2:17-18, New King James Version). Now there is much work in the Lord to be done. God has charged all of us with the work of visiting the fatherless and the widows (James 1:27, NKJV) and all throughout the Bible we are instructed to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and care for those who are afflicted.

Now Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV) tells us that God is faithful and is indeed a REWARDER of those who diligently seek Him. If we really believe that, wouldn’t we be up DOING the work of God to obtain the reward we SAY we believe He will give us?! I must admit, I’ve been guilty before of doing a lot of TALKING and not enough WORKING. The misconception that I needed BIG FINANCES to do God’s work was one thing that really held me back! However, I just recently realized that everything isn’t about money-sometimes it’s about your TIME and SINCERE concern for others.

When I realized this, I began to regularly visit the elderly at some local nursing homes. I have a soft spot for the elderly; and I really enjoy just sitting and talking about the goodness of the Lord with them and hearing their life stories. Just me visiting them, letting them know that I care, blesses them and it blesses me in the process as well.

So I encourage you-find a group of people that you can help, whether it be by donating money to a good cause or volunteering your time. Whether it’s the elderly, the homeless, foster/underprivileged children, or battered women; find someone who may be poor in spirit and lift them up by showing them the LOVE OF GOD and your genuine concern! People: it’s time to stop talking about what we believe in and actually do it-Let’s WORK IT!

-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.

Think About It Tuesday

God’s Calling You: Think About It Tuesday

Imagine God is calling you. Your phone is just ringing away and across the screen pops up those three great letters GOD. Now you know as GREAT as God is, if He’s calling you, He’s got something GOOD to say. Whether He has an awesome assignment for you, wants to give you some encouraging words, or just simply wants to say “I Love You,” you KNOW He’s got something to say that you need to hear! However, just as God’s calling, you’re right in the middle of a juicy conversation with your friends or perhaps you’re right in the middle of a good movie. You’re literally on the edge of your seat and you don’t want to miss a thing. So let me ask you, would you answer God’s call?!

Now I know some of you are thinking, “Come on Adrianna-its God; of course I would answer.” But oh let me remind you of times God has already called you and you didn’t answer or you hit ignore. God has already called ALL men, through His Word, to be HOLY. 1 Peter 1:15 (New King James Version) says, “But as He who CALLED you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, be holy, for I am holy.” Now every time we choose to sin or be unholy, we are essentially ignoring God’s call.

1 Peter 2:9 (NKJV) even says this about us, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who CALLED you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” You see, whether it be a specific assignment God has called us to do or just the calling that He has placed on all mankind to be a holy and set apart people, God is indeed CALLING us to walk with Him EVERYDAY!

I’ll be honest-there was a time in my life that I ignored God’s call; but my eyes are now open and those days of rebellion are long gone! I finally see that it’s an HONOR to have God call upon me for a specific task-when He could have called on ANYBODY else, He called on me! I encourage you to think this way too and make a vow today to answer every call that God puts in to you from here on out!

So again I ask you, would you answer God’s call?…….THINK ABOUT IT!

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.

Move it Monday

Question to the Young: Move it Monday

Hey there my faithful readers! I’m trying something new and it’s called Move it Monday. Each Monday I want to MOVE you by posing a question to you in hopes that you will respond and get a conversation going. This Monday I have posed my question through a Youtube video that I would like for you to watch! You can find it by going to Youtube and typing in Question to the Young: Your Godly Words. Or you can find it on my blog’s Facebook page by searching @yourgodlywords (like/follow my page once you find it).

I’d really like for you to view and comment on my video (to get the full affect) but if you don’t have time, I’ll go ahead and pose my question here! Here it is: What keeps YOUNG people from living a life that is pleasing to God, a life that is completely and fully surrendered to God?

I’m sure everyone will have a different opinion; whether it’s drugs/alcohol, fornication, lying, or just plain old shame. But once all of the opinions are out there, I want you to then pose the question to yourself and to others: Are any of these things worth spending an ETERNITY in hell?! Now I’ll answer that one for you; the answer is NO-nothing is worth losing your ticket to Heaven!

My whole point here is that God wants to use us ALL, the young as well as the old. Acts 2:17 (New King James Version) tells us that God will pour out His Spirit on ALL men-He will use young people to prophesy and even show us visions. But how can we young people receive what God is trying to do with us if we are caught up in sin?! YOUNG PEOPLE: IT’S TIME TO WAKE UP!

-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.

Lovely Things

Me Again: An Original Poem

Let’s not beat ourselves up over sin! True enough we should NOT abuse God’s grace-we should NEVER use it as an excuse to sin. However, when we truly want to do right, but fall short from time to time; God’s grace is there for us! God’s grace is SUFFICIENT, meaning it is big enough to forgive us and even strengthen us to do better (2 Corinthians 12:9, New King James Version). So let’s ACCEPT the grace we have in God through Christ Jesus. And remember, when we fall short it is only a gentle reminder that we are not greater than God as we are down low but our God sits up high!

It’s me again oh Lord

Coming once again

The enemy’s trying to defeat me

But by Jesus Christ I win

Sure enough I have sinned

But through Christ I am forgiven

Your grace, it covers me

And it is sufficient

Oh help me Lord

To not abuse your grace

But to use it sparingly

For I’m not bound by sin

I have been set free

Oh the enemy thinks He’s won

Every time I fall or stumble

But when I come up short

It only makes me humble

Because after I fall

I only have a better view to see

My God who sits up high

As He looks down and watches over me

-To God be the Glory

©2017 by AdriannaJ

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

From Milk to Meat

Pray Without Ceasing: Over and Over Again

Have you ever felt BURDENSOME going to God over and over for forgiveness?  Have you ever sought God for just a little more of His power or an answer to a dilemma, only to feel like perhaps you were bothering Him too much? Let me tell you-if you have ever felt like this, it is nothing but a trick of the enemy. The enemy wants to keep us from seeking God through prayer because he knows everything we need is in God.

Luke 18:1 (New King James Version) says that men should ALWAYS pray and not faint! 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NKJV) instructs us to pray WITHOUT CEASING. Then Philippians 4:6 (NKJV) tells us to make our requests known to God, through PRAYER and supplication. God is too BIG to get tired when we go to Him in prayer-this is the same God that made every living creature, the same God that spoke into nothing and created this whole world!

One of my favorite scriptures, 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV) specifically instructs us to PRAY, seek God’s face, and turn from our evil ways. God says if we do this He will forgive us and heal our land!  You see, God delights in hearing and answering the prayers of His righteous children (Proverbs 15:8, NKJV). And it doesn’t matter how BIG or SMALL the issue may be; because to be quite honest everything is SMALL to God. There is nothing He can’t handle!

Psalms 91:11-12 (NKJV) explains that God has angels watching over us, to comfort us even if we bump our foot against a stone. You see, God cares about every  little affliction we have, even if it’s something as minor as bumping our toe against something! So whatever your issue is on today I urge you to go to God in prayer about it. Go to Him over and over again! You will not bother Him-He likes persistence! He cares; and He has time to listen. And on top of that He will ANSWER  your prayers according to His will.

Say this short prayer:

Lord, help me to not feel burdensome when I pray but to understand that you delight in the prayers of your righteous children. Help me to pray without ceasing and to never faint, trusting by faith that you will answer according to your will. And help me to rest assured that you long for your children to persistently seek you; and you most assuredly take pleasure in answering the prayers of the righteous. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen!

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-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.

From Milk to Meat

Who’s Really Winning?…The Righteous Man!

Many people may look at the UNHOLY man and envy him for the things he has. Though his ways are evil and He is not in right standing with God, he SEEMS to be quite successful, living a long and rather happy life. Meanwhile, the righteous man seems to live in poverty, suffer tribulation, and die young. Now I urge you to look past the surface of things and see who’s really WINNING; and before I go any further let me tell you it’s NOT the sinner man!

For the righteous man, to die is gain because He is present with the Lord in Heaven when He is absent from his body (2 Corinthians 5:8 and Philippians 1:21, New King James Version). So you see, even when the righteous man dies young he has not lost a thing! He is away from the troubles of this world and can now commune with God, face to face, in Heaven. Meanwhile the sinner lives long here on EARTH, foolishly enjoying the fruit of his evil works, not realizing that he will be punished with ETERNAL DAMNATION and MISERY in the afterlife. So who’s really winning?

Now the sinner man heaps up houses, cars, clothes, and treasures here on earth by lying and stealing; and he thinks he’s winning. However, he fails to realize that all those MATERIAL things will pass away and return back to the dust from which they came in the end. Though the righteous man may not have many treasures on earth, he has riches and glory in Heaven above (Matthew 6:19-20, NKJV); and that my friend will last forever! So who’s really winning?

Romans 8:18 (NKJV) says, “For I consider the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Though the righteous may suffer for a short time here on this earth, it will seem like NOTHING once we begin to experience ETERNAL goodness in Heaven with our Father.  We’re talking about Heaven; the place where there’s absolutely no more pain or crying, no need for the sun to shine because God’s Glory will shine so bright, and streets are made of pure gold (Revelations 21, NKJV). Do you really think we will even have time to think about the LITTLE troubles we faced in the world once we are in that great city?! Of course not, so who’s really winning?

Let me encourage you-whether the sinner man receives his punishment here on earth or in the afterlife, know that God will repay! Ecclesiastes 12:14 says, “For God will bring every work into judgement, including every secret thing, whether it be good or evil.” The sinner will indeed receive his punishment for all his evil works and the righteous man will be REWARDED for his well doing. We believers in Christ will not lose a thing-we are WINNERS!

Say this short prayer:

Lord, help me to envy not the sinner man for anything that he has; but help me to understand that my richest and treasures are in Heaven above with you. Help me to continue to fear and obey you, knowing that my ultimate reward will come in the afterlife. And help me to be assured that I am a winner, more than a conqueror in You through Christ Jesus. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen!

-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.

 

Lovely Things

Beauty From Pain: An Original Poem

Just about every good or beautiful thing we experience here on earth will come AFTER a little pain. No one likes to endure pain but it is indeed rewarding when our suffering/hard work pays off as we finally get to enjoy the final product which is the beauty. I encourage you: whatever pain you may be going through, rest assured there will come a day when you will behold God, the source of ALL beauty, face to face. And you will dwell with him FOREVER in a place where there’s absolutely no more crying or suffering; if only you live a life worth! (Revelations 21:4, New King James Version)

How could precious babies come into the world

If mothers never suffered labor pains

How could our wounds be healed by God above

If we are never slain

How would the olive produce oil

If it were never under pressure

How could we truly enjoy sunshine

If we never have a little stormy weather

If we never fell

How could we stand back up much stronger

If we were never tried

How could our faith stretch any longer

If we didn’t have to die

How could we return to the glory from which we came

I tell you, there’s absolutely no beauty on earth without a little pain

But rest assured there’s a place

Where we will cry no more

There’s beauty all around this city

Even streets made of solid gold

A destination that truly makes it

Worthwhile to run this painful race

Because there we behold God, the source of all beauty

Standing face to face

-To God be the Glory

© 2017 by AdriannaJ

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