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Too Good To Be True: New Perspective

I once heard a non-believer argue that the story of Jesus Christ coming to earth to die for us and save us was just “too good to be true,” like a fairy tale or a fictitious super hero story. Back then, when I was in college and a bit more immature in my faith, I really didn’t know how to respond to this statement. I just knew I believed Jesus Christ to be my Lord and Savior and that was just that; but I couldn’t really explain to a non-believer why they should believe too. However, just the other day it came to me exactly what I should have said to that non-believer.

I should have told him that a “too good to be true” situation is one where an individual is tricked into thinking they will receive a prize or a reward at no cost, with no strings attached. Kind of like those false advertisements that say you’ll get an item for free; but when you read the FINE PRINT you learn that you’ve got to make at least one purchase, give your credit card number, or sign up for something just to get the “free item.” Well this is not the case with what Christ Jeaus has to offer us because there is indeed a price we will have to pay, hard work we will have to put in, and things we will have to endure IF we want to have eternal life with Him. 

The Word of God is very UPFRONT about this and even tells us that we must suffer with Christ for a bit if we want to be glorified with Him in the end! You see, it’s NOT “too good to be true” because there is indeed a cross we must bare and a little pain we must endure when we proclaim Jesus Christ to be our Lord and Savior. However, the little suffering that we endure for the cause of Christ will be NOTHING compared to the ETERNAL goodness and glory we will have with Him in heaven! Yeah, thats what I should have told that non-believer back then!

Romans 8:16-18 (New King James Version)

“The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs-heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in 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.

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I’m Not Right: New Perspective

In all my knowledge, wisdom, and understanding; in all the scriptures I know and good works I’ve done: I’m still not right. I still think, say, and do things I shouldn’t-I sin against God daily. It’s a bit frustrating at times because I know God has been so good to me. I often question myself, “Why can’t I just serve Him right?” I want to be right so I can make it to that great city called Heaven-so yeah, it’s frustrating to say the least! However, at the end of all my frustrations I’m left with the HOPE that in spite of all my wrongs, God will see all my sincere effort and have MERCY on me on the day of judgment. You see, God will take into consideration our every work, good and bad. However, our entry into Heaven is not based on our works only. 

I believe God will also consider the INTENT of our hearts and discern whether or not we truly gave serving Him a hard enough try-this is the mercy of God. I believe this is why God instructs us repeatedly throughout His word to FORGIVE and be MERCIFUL toward one another. Perhaps He wants us to be merciful toward one another not only because it’s right but also because He knows how much we need His mercy now and even in the end.  Now I know people can hurt us deeply and even do it intentionally; but today I encourage you to INTENTIONALLY forgive them and be merciful with them, just as God is merciful toward us all.

Even when people REPEATEDLY do you harm, knowing good and well it will hurt you, still forgive them! Don’t we repeatedly sin against God in full knowledge of the truth and He still forgives us?! I don’t know about you all, but in all my so called “goodness” I’m still not right and I need God to shed His mercy on me. I have a strong feeling that you need it too. So whatever hurt or grudge you may be holding on to today, I encourage you to LET IT GO! FORGIVE and BE MERCIFUL! And cling to the righteous hope that on the day of judgment God will likewise be merciful toward you!

Matthew 5:7 (New King James Version)

Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.

-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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Escape the Mundane: New Perspective

When we first come to Christ I think most of us are very excited and “fired up”, ready to do whatever it is that God has called us to do. It’s sort of like when we get a new job or get into a new relationship; everything is so fresh and new and we love it! However, once we get past that initial excitement and settle into a routine we get into this DULL, MUNDANE, BORING funk. Things don’t seem as fun any more as we continue to do the same things over and over, even having to “press through” on days that we might be completely exhausted. We get so sick of the routine and dullness that we even consider moving on to something different. I’ve been there before-I’m actually the type of person who is always looking for that NEW and FRESH feeling. I love starting new projects and doing new things-that initial excitement keeps me going!

However, walking with God is about much MORE than that initial excitement. God wants persistence and diligence, meaning He wants us to stick with Him even on those days that we are not so excited about our callings. Even when things are not so fresh or new, He still wants us to obey Him and fulfill the callings He’s placed on our lives. Now according to the Word, God does do NEW things. However, until God does that new thing in your life I encourage you to stick with what He has already told you to do. If you need a little “spice” in your life: try a new food, get a different hairstyle, learn a new skill, or travel to a place you’ve never been; but DON’T stop serving God. Escape the mundane but DON’T escape God’s will or plan for your life because it’s the safest place for you to be!

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.”  

 

 

 

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Actions: New Perspective

Plain and simple: the best way for us to tell God we love Him is not with words from our lips but with our actions! We can’t claim we love God only to turn around and disobey Him or refuse to do His good works. Consider this: do we believe people just because they SAY they love us? Of course not, we examine how they treat us before we make that determination; and we even get “fired up” when we realize a person’s words don’t match up with their actions.

Now with that being said, why do we always act like things are so different when it comes to how we treat God?! It’s no different-we know good and well we can say ANYTHING with our mouths but our actions tell all. The Word of God clearly instructs us on how to show our love for God, through the ACTION of obeying Him or keeping His commandments! So let’s stop TALKING so much and start SHOWING God what we’re all about! 

 John 14:23-24 (New King James Version)

Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.”

-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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Better/Part 2: New Perspective

Now I know you didn’t think you were getting off the hook that easy! You see, sometimes when things don’t work out it’s not because God has something better for us; but because WE ourselves need to DO or BE BETTER! Often times we take for granted the jobs, relationships, family, even the gifts and callings we are blessed with. We get too relaxed with our blessings, not working as hard to take care of them and uphold our end of the deal. Then when things fall apart or don’t work out we point the finger at other people and immediately assume that God must have something better for us. However, perhaps we already had the BEST and God actually wants US to do BETTER.

We pray to God for the best and He is gracious enough to give it to us. So we in return need to be the best toward the things He gives us. If God blessed you with an awesome job, be an awesome employee. If He blessed you with an amazing wife, be an amazing husband. If He blessed you with a great position in your church, be a great leader. The Word of God instructs us to walk WORTHY of our calling, simply meaning to humbly and completely fulfill our calling. And we can only do this by giving each work our very BEST effort and energy! Sometimes the problem is not everybody else, it’s US…So let’s Be BETTER!

Ephesians 4:1 (New King James Version)

“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

-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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Better/Part 1: New Perspective

Sometimes we deserve BETTER than the relationships we settle for. Sometimes we’re worth MORE than the salaries we accept from our jobs. Often times we know, just as sure as the sky is blue, that there is something better out there for us. Yet and still we settle for ANYTHING; and when ANYTHING falls apart or doesn’t work out we get upset, hurt, or disappointed. We feel so let down and rejected and are often left with this question…..WHY?

Well today I’m answering this question for you. Perhaps it didn’t work out simply because God has something better for you! You my friend; are precious, one of a kind, hand designed by God, even gifted and purposed by Him. You can’t have any old type of things attached to you. God has special blessings fashioned just for you, to fit perfectly with His will or plan for your life. There is BETTER for you my friend; and it’s bigger and greater than anything you’ve ever imagined! You’ve just got to be patient enough to wait on it! 

I Corinthians 2:9 (New King James Version)

“But as it is written: Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love 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.

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Doing It Right: New Perspective

If you’re serving God and see no progress, no change at all in you’re life, maybe you’re not doing it right! I’m not saying you won’t have any more problems just because you finally decided to surrender your life to God. However, if you are FULLY surrendered to God, loving Him with ALL your heart, and trying your very BEST to obey His commandments; He WILL bless you and you WILL see some kind of change. Now you may still be waiting on that BIG financially breakthrough because remember God requires that we be PATIENT and wait on Him. However, in the midst of waiting on that, perhaps God might bless you to finally let go of that grudge you’ve been holding on to for years.

Perhaps He might suddenly give you an unexplainable peace and joy in your heart-things that used to upset you and ruin your whole day just don’t have an affect on you anymore. Or maybe God will decide to overflow your cup with an understanding of His Word-scriptures you’ve been reading your whole life are finally making sense to you now. Either way, if you are truly serving God RIGHT, you will see some type of change or progress! The Word of God tells us if we carefully follow God’s commandments that our way will be made prosperous. So take an inventory of your life today. Have you noticed any change lately? If your answer is no, perhaps you’re not serving God right; and I encourage you to dig into His Word to figure out how to DO IT RIGHT!

Joshua 1:8 (New King James Version)

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

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