Feel Free Friday

Trying: Feel Free Friday

TRYING is a part of walking in our freedom. Some are afraid to try because they fear FAILURE; however, success comes by the same means! There’s not one person who has succeeded who didn’t first TRY! If anything is HOLDING YOU BACK or STOPPING you from trying, then you can’t possibly be walking in your freedom! Freedom doesn’t “hold you back” or stop you from doing GOOD things. 

Now im sure there’s so many things you’d like to do. Maybe you’d like to go back to school, start some sort of ministry, or even give love a try again. I’m not telling you to go out trying any and everything, whether it be good or bad. Nor am I telling you to jump out there setting unrealistic goals that you haven’t seriously planned for or conversed with God about.

However, if you have a GOOD thing you’d like to do, have talked to God about it, and mapped out a legitimate plan of action; just give it a TRY! Don’t let fear of failure hold you back because remember you are free! Your vison or dream may seem impossible to you or others around you; and thoughts of failure may be ringing in your ear. However, remember Jesus said in Mark 10:27 (New King James Version) that with God ALL things are possible!

Now you’ll never know how true this is or exactly what the ALL entails until you try! As I always say: you are free. So live like it. Try like it. FEEL FREE my friends, FEEL FREE!

-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.

Work It Wednesday

Repent: Work It Wednesday

Works alone will NOT get us into heaven! Ephesians 2:8-9 (New King James Version) tells us, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”  We can work day and night for the Lord but still turn around and sin and essentially “undo” all the good works we’ve done for him. However, when we HUMBLY seek God’s GRACE through REPENTANCE we are able to keep our right standing with God. Now we sin daily because NONE of us are perfect.  So just imagine what it would be like if we really tried to justify ourselves by our works. We would literally be working NONSTOP!

Every time we sinned, big or small, we’d have to run and do a good work to make up for it. Yeah, the curse words we let slip out while driving in traffic would equal up to several good works. Or that “little white lie” we told to keep from hurting someone’s feelings would add just another good work to our list. And don’t get me started on all the bad thoughts we think throughout the day, the IDLE words we speak, or the grudges we may be holding on to that would run our “good works tally” right up. We’d literally be working all day long trying to justify ourselves; but THANK GOD FOR HIS SAVING GRACE!

While there is much work in the Lord to be done it is important for us to never feel like we have to work ourselves senseless to make up for our wrong doings! Yes, it is a MUST that we put in some work as being members of the Body of Christ. However, sometimes all the work we need to do is get on our knees and humbly ask God for forgiveness and then ACTIVELY try to resist falling into that same temptation again.

Now there SO much work in the Lord to be done. Whether your work on today is visiting the sick, feeding the hungry, or simply getting on your knees to REPENT; I’m still encouraging you as always to get up…and 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

Adultery: Think About It Tuesday

We’ve ALL committed adultery. Oh yeah I said it; and its true! Now some of you may be thinking, “But how? I’ve never been married.” But oh let me correct you, you ARE married. In fact, we’re all married to God through Christ Jesus; yes we are JOINED to Him as one. Isaiah 54:5 (New King James Version) reminds us of this saying, “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.” God commanded us in Exodus 20:3 (NKJV) to put no other god before Him, in other words to be FAITHFUL in serving Him and HIM ALONE. Now any time we choose to put anything or anyone before God we are essentially “stepping out” on God or being unfaithful to Him, turning that thing into our god. We’ve all did this at some point or another.

Some of us put our sexual desires before the Lord as we choose to solely please our flesh, making our own sinful flesh our new god. Some of us put material things before God, choosing to do whatever we have to do to get money, clothes, and the latest devices. Then some of us turn other people, MERE PEOPLE, into our god as we seek to please them at any cost. Either way you do it, ANY time you put something before God, you are breaking your marriage covenant and being unfaithful to your God who has ALWAYS been faithful to you. Now isn’t it something that many of us can’t deal with infidelity in our own earthly relationships or marriages; but somehow we think it’s okay for us to keep CHEATING on God?!

We go out and cheat on God all day long, not even thinking about Him. However, when we need protection, healing, or a blessing of some sort; we go right back to our Heavenly Father, the one we KNOW will “hold us down.” Does this sound familiar to anybody?…Listen people of God: it’s time to STOP playing with God! Yes, God’s grace and forgiveness is there for us when we fall; but let’s stop using His grace as an excuse to sin or “step out” on Him. Let’s put in some real effort to stay away from those things that we know are not pleasing to God. Let’s be faithful to God just as He is faithful to us!

Again I say, we have ALL committed adultery…I know this is big pill to swallow, but 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.

Feel Free Friday

Carry On: Feel Free Friday

I’ve always enjoyed people watching. Sometimes I may sit down on a bench inside a busy mall and watch people walking in and out of stores, talking, laughing, or happily holding the hand of their mate. Now if it’s on a day when I have something “heavy” on my mind, I must admit I sometimes get a little annoyed. Whether it’s a disappointment of some sort, a pain in my body, or just pure unhappiness with a particular situation in my life that’s bothering me; I get annoyed thinking “how dare these people be happy and CARRY ON with life as I sit here almost miserable?”  However, sometimes it motivates or inspires me when I see people continue to be happy in the midst of my own unhappiness. You see, sometimes we need to see people carrying on with life; because it reminds us that the world does NOT stop for anything or anybody.

I don’t mean to sound harsh, but even if we’re dealing with something as serious as the death of a loved one, I guarantee you that if God allows the sun to rise the next day, life will still CONTINUE to go on. Children will still get up and go to school the next morning and adults will still go to work. People will still adventure, love, laugh, and celebrate different things-life will still go on for everyone else! And today I want to encourage you that life SHOULD still go on for you too! I say it all the time; YOU ARE FREE! Now I say it because it’s true not just because it sounds good. Galatians 5:1 (New King James Version) instructs us saying, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.”  However, if we allow the seemingly “heavy” issues of life to weigh us down and keep us from rejoicing, are we truly walking in our freedom or have we returned to bondage?….I’ll answer that for you; if we let this happen we are indeed returning to bondage.

Listen, I say all of that to say this. Things are going to happen in this natural realm called life; whether it be the loss of a loved one, a sickness that strikes your body, or a relationship/friendship that fails. However, NOTHING should separate us from walking in the freedom that Jesus Christ has purchased for us! So today I encourage you to pick yourself up out of the pits; MOVE ON, CARRY ON, and KEEP RIGHT ON WITH YOUR LIFE! Whatever good thing you want to do, do it! Whatever good level you want to reach, reach it! You are free; so live like it!  Feel free my friends, FEEL FREE!

-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.

Work It Wednesday

Work, Don’t Boast: Work It Wednesday

When we are truly working to please God and not man, we have NO need to boast about what we’ve done! People may not be right there over our shoulders to see all the wonderful works we do; but God is always there-He sees EVERYTHING. So even when we don’t get praise from men, we should rest assured that God sees our good works and will indeed reward us in due season. James 4:16 (New King James Version) tells us that boasting is evil; whether it’s boasting about our good works, our wisdom, or even what we THINK we will be able to do tomorrow which is a day that is not promised.

Then Matthew 6:1 (NKJV) instructs us saying, “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your father in heaven.” If we want a reward from our Father in Heaven it is a must that we remain HUMBLE. Now consider this, how can we give to the poor if God has not first given us an abundance to share? How can we share a word of wisdom and understanding if God has not first revealed truth to us? Or how can we minister to another through a gift if God didn’t first give the gift?

My point in all these questions is to show that we can do NOTHING without God. In order for us to bless others though our good works we have to first be touched, blessed, and empowered by God. Now I say if you must boast about anything, boast not of yourself but of God and 2 Corinthians 10:17-18(NKJV) tells us just that!  So let me boast about God for a minute! God has indeed given me much knowledge, wisdom, and understanding concerning His Word; and He has given me a SOUND mind. And it is only by this, by God’s divine touch that I am able to share these uplifting messages with you all!

Now I’ve still got A LOT to learn and there’s still so much MORE that I can do; but I’m excited about everything that lies ahead of me and I encourage you to be excited about what God has for you too! But remember: no matter how high God takes you, continue to humbly do your work and boast not of yourself. Now there’s much work in the Lord to be done…So 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

Let’s Be Clear: Think About It Tuesday

Let’s be clear; EVERYTHING we need to know about how to live can be found in the Word of God! Now, there are several issues that may not be specifically or explicitly named and called wrong in the Bible; however, this does NOT mean these things are necessarily right.  Let me give you an example. We all know that backbiting or talking about people is a sin and it is not pleasing in the sight of God (Romans 1:29-31, New King James Version). Now in these modern days we have so many different ways to commit this same sin that people in the days of old could not. We can talk negatively about people through television, radio, social media, and even through phone conversations and text messages.

Now just because the Bible doesn’t explicitly say, “Thou shall not talk about people on Facebook or social media,” this does NOT make it right. Let’s THINK ABOUT IT! There are so many different sins and so many different ways to commit them; and the Bible is already a rather long book. Do you realize how much longer the Bible would be if it specifically called out every single way we could commit a particular sin? We must use or COMMON SENSE that God has given us and understand that no matter HOW we commit a sin, sin is still sin! Backbiting is a sin, no matter how it’s done!

No, every single wrong or evil thing may not be named but we can lean on several scriptures that clearly tell us what is GOOD and WORTHY of our thought and action. Philippians 4:8-9 (New King James Version) clearly tells that whatever things are FAIR, TRUE, PURE, and of GOOD REPORT; these are the things we should be thinking on and these are things we should be doing.  Then I Thessalonians 5:21-22 (New King James Version) instructs us saying, “Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.”  So today I encourage you all to take an inventory of your life and all of your daily practices; whether they are religious, social, financial, or even sexual practices. Ask yourself, do my practices line up with truth, pureness, and goodness?

Now if your answer is No, I urge you to cut those practices out of your life and do NOT let the enemy fool you into thinking these things are pleasing in the sight of God just because they are not called out in the specific way that you may be doing them.  Oh yeah, I know this is a lot. It’s going to take some real spiritual maturity for you to consider what I’m saying. So take a moment, pray on it…and 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.

Feel Free Friday

NEW Things: Feel Free Friday

Plain and simple, you can NOT expect to feel something NEW if you’re doing the same OLD things! Now newness and freedom go hand in hand. Walking in the freedom Jesus Christ purchased for you, you have the right to try any new thing, as long as it is a GOOD thing that’s pleasing in the sight of God. Trying new things reminds us that we are indeed free but when we are stuck in the “same old same old” we feel BOUND or RESTRICTED.

Now answer this question for me: what are you afraid of? Even God does new things! God Himself tells us in Isaiah 43:18-19 (New King James Version), “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.” Now if God said it surely you should believe it. He is plainly telling us that He will do a new thing and cause the dullness, dryness, and the very deserts of our lives to SPRING forth with life.

So whatever you’ve been wanting to do (big or small) just do it! It can be as small as trying a new food or hairstyle; or it can be as big as putting a business plan into motion, traveling to a new place, or giving love a try again. Whatever it is, if it’s PLEASING in the sight of God, you have the right to try it! I say it all the time and I’m still saying it on today because it’s true. You are free my friends. So live like it…FEEL FREE my friends FEEL FREE!

-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.