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Perfect Hatred: New Perspective

Many believers have been taught the misconception that it’s wrong to hate. However, today I beg to differ because the only way to wholeheartedly love one thing is to HATE the other. Think about it-if you wholeheartedly love the truth its only because you hate a lie. If you truly love helping others its because you hate to see people in need. The problem comes in when we begin to hate the WRONG THINGS. The Word of God specifically instructs us to hate things that are evil and love things that are righteous (Romans 12:9, New King James Version) but often times we do it the other way around. Some of us love and cling to evil people or things and then have the nerve to dislike and push away that which is righteous.

Then again, another problem comes into the picture when we begin to hate people. Now in Psalm 139:21-22 (NKJV) David says to God, “Do I not hate them , O Lord, who hate you? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies. ” Now I believe this “perfect hatred” David speaks of is indeed righteous and rooted in love. I don’t believe this means he literally hates his enemies. However, it simply means He hates the sin or evil that works through his enemies. His adversaries hate and rise up against God, which are evil things to do. So David hates these evil works of His enemies; yet I can imagine He still loves them enough to help them if they were ever in need of basic necessities (food/water) which is what Proverbs 25:21-22 (NKJV) tells us to do.

So let me reassure you on today-there is nothing wrong with hate. We must hate sin and the work of the enemy in order to truly love God and all His good works. If we don’t, we might find ourselves straddling the fence, claiming to love God while still doing the works of the Devil. So I advise you to take an inventory of what you’ve been loving and hating here lately; then compare your list to the Word of God. Dig into the Word and find out exactly what you should be loving and hating! Then ask God for help in learning to wholeheartedly love everything that is righteous and have a perfect hatred against those things that are not of Him!

-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

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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.

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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.

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Circles: New Perspective

I know the agonizing feeling of wanting to let something go but not being able to for some reason! It kind of makes you feel like you’re literally going around and around in circles on a merry go round as you continue to think about what you could’ve, would’ve, or should’ve done. You analyze the situation backwards and forwards, seeing clearly what you and the other person did wrong. You’ve learned your lesson, forgiven yourself and the other person, and even handed the issue over to God. You’ve even tried to focus your attention on other positive things to occupy your time and mind. Yet and still, you just can’t let it go for some reason as it continues to pop back up in your mind. Well, I guess I should tell you now-I don’t have the magic answer as to how to ultimately let it go. However, I’d like to encourage you and share with you what I do know.

God knows your heart-He knows you desperately want to put this thing behind you and He sees you are really trying. I can’t tell you why you haven’t been able to completely move on despite of all your efforts. It could be that you really haven’t completely forgiven yourself or the other person. Or it could be that you still have another lesson to learn from the situation that you keep overlooking. Whatever the case may be, all I can tell you is to KEEP PRAYING diligently for your deliverance! The Word of God tells us to pray ALWAYS, to remain joyous in the Lord, and give Him thanks in ALL things. So even in this season of “circles” or struggling to let go-keep praying, keep rejoicing, and keep giving Him praise. In the midst of following God’s perfect instructions and truly desiring, with all of your heart, to let the pain of the past go-you CAN’T tell me God won’t set you free one day, at His appointed time! He WILL my friend; He will!

I Thessalonians 5:16-18 (New King James Version)

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for 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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Enemy Assistance: New Perspective

Your enemies can actually help you if you let them! I know it sounds strange but hear me out…You see, your enemies talk about you and are always pointing the finger at your few wrong doings as if they have none themselves. They point at your ONE wrong, but they have MANY wrongs that they make no mention of. Now your first reaction may be to get upset and ask, “How dare they try to sweep around my door when they have dirt around their own?!” But consider this: a FOOL never seeks to be corrected-a fool loves evil and is not concerned one bit with examining his own faults so that he can change. In fact, the Word of God tells us that a fool hates to be corrected. However, you as a child of God-you’re always trying to learn, grow, change, and become better. When you come into the knowledge of the truth concerning your flaws or sins, you try to correct yourself. And guess what!…Even if your enemy is the one pointing out your flaws or sins, it’s still yet another opportunity to truly see yourself and make some necessary changes.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying your enemies are right when they overlook their own faults and point at yours. However, I’m giving you a new perspective and showing you how the enemy can actually help or assist you in getting closer to God. You see, a true child of God loves correction because correction helps us to get right, therefore making us acceptable in God’s sight. So while you’re busy working on the flaws your enemy has pointed out, your enemy is still sitting in sin and ultimately unprepared to meet God. So whether it be God, yourself, or even an enemy who calls out some areas you could do better in-don’t take it personally! Pray for your enemies that they will one day see their own flaws, but most importantly get yourself right so you can be fully prepared to meet God when that great Day of Judgement comes!

Proverbs 9:8-9 (New King James Version)

“Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you; Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you. 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.

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Dry Places: New Perspective

Sometimes we might find ourselves in so called “dry places” where nothing new or exciting is really happening. I must admit I do like new things-they’re fun and exciting. However, much of the kingdom work we do for Christ requires consistency and diligence, meaning we show God our faithfulness by continuing to do the same thing (what’s right) over and over again. This may involve faithfully serving at a church or working on a job for years, even when the task has become boring or not so pleasant. Or this may involve continuing to volunteer your time to a particular cause, even on days you could be out doing something thrilling and enjoying your own leisure time. As someone who loves new things, I know that overwhelming feeling of wanting something new to spice up your life.

However, I must warn you-don’t abandon the work of God just to get into something new. If you’re on the right path and doing what’s right, keep doing what you’re doing! Show God your faithfulness and diligence! If you find yourself getting bored spice up other areas of your life-get a new hairstyle, travel to a new place, or try a new food. But whatever you do, don’t let this so called dry or boring period of your life cause you to quit the assignment God has you working on right now. Even when it gets boring or difficult, keep doing it without complaining. God will give you a new task, a new setting, and a new thing when the time is right! God already said He would give water and newness to dry places; but it’s only according to His perfect timing and will!

Isaiah 43:19 (New King James Version)

“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.”

-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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Craving God: New Perspective

I guarantee you, as you mature in the Lord, you’ll get to a point where certain things just won’t entertain you anymore! You’ll find yourself walking away from certain conversations, cutting ties with old friends, or even changing up the things you watch on television or listen to on the radio all because what once kept you going does absolutely NOTHING for you now. So let me assure you right now-this is perfectly normal! You see, when you get closer to God and see the true beauty of holiness and righteousness, anything that’s not holy or doesn’t resemble God in any way will turn your stomach. You simply won’t want anything to do with things you can’t see God in; and you will begin to CRAVE God like never before! And guess what!…Craving God is a great thing because He knows just how to FILL US UP; He won’t leave us lacking or wanting for anything!

So the next time you can’t find anything entertaining to watch on television, open up the Word of God and let His Word entertain you. Or the next time someone comes to you with a negative conversation that you know will do nothing for you, walk away and go talk to God or someone who has God in them. Or when that old music you once listened to doesn’t make you move quite the same, turn on a little gospel and let God move you. From the music you listen to, to the places you go, to the things you do; let everything you partake in resemble God and our Savior Jesus Christ! I guarantee you God will satisfy your craving and cause you to be full to the point of overflow! Of all the things to crave, God by far is the absolute best-just try Him and see!

Matthew 5:6 (New King James Version)

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.”

-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.