Bits of Knowledge

Bearing Others Burdens: Bits of Knowledge

The Word of God teaches us to “bear one another’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2, New King James Version). This simply means that we should help others when we see them struggling with issues, whatever they may be. Sometimes our hearts can truly ache with sorrow for people as we see them struggling and sincerely want to help them and fulfill the Word of God. However, the reality of it is: we are not always going to be in a position to help people-sometimes we just don’t have the resources to do so. Now being the compassionate social worker that I am, I can identify problems from a mile away and of course I want to fix them all!

Yet I’ve had to accept that sometimes people have needs that are outside of my scope of practice; and in these cases I’ve found that people are often just fine with someone simply LISTENING to them vent and letting them know they are NOT ALONE. Sometimes people just want to know that someone cares enough to listen, even if the person listening can’t solve their problem. Sometimes people just want someone to say “yeah that would have upset me too” or “yeah I went through that and I got really down too.” People are dealing with some serious issues-depression, loneliness, anger, anxiety, you name it. And with all of these very HUMAN emotions, people just want to know they are not crazy or weird for feeling the way they do.

For instance, lets say someone is suffering from depression due to a huge financial problem. Now while you may not have the resources to fix their financial problem you CAN sympayhize or empathize with them, letting them know you care and understand their sadness. You can also offer words of encouragement from the Word of God. So today I encourage you to be a listening ear, let somebody know they are not alone. Let somebody know that you too have dealt with some of these negative emotions and have also overcome them. And in the meantime, pray that God will in due season send someone in their path that is equipped and qualified to fully take on their burden and help to fix their problem!

Galatians 6:1-2 (New King James Version)

“Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself least you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burden, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

-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.

New Perspective

“I’m Just Saying”: New Perspective

I believe some of us have forgotten that when we stand before God we will indeed have to give an account for every IDLE word we have spoken (Matthew 12:36, New King James Version). I say this beacuse I see people posting “mini rants” about various subject matters on social media and following it up with the phrase “I’m just saying.” Now I may be wrong, but to me the phrase “I’m just saying” implies that you really have no particular reason for saying what you’ve said; you just see a common issue in the world or in your community and want to say something about it.

In other words: nobody asked you for your opinion on the matter, the issue is not going on in your own life, and you’re not necessarily saying something with the intent of encouraging or enlightening someone. You’re just saying something, just talking. Now often times these rants or statements can hold some truth and I have absolutely nothing against speaking the truth-I speak it all the time through these blog posts. However, with every post I write I have a specific intent of uplifting and enlightening others-I’m never “just saying.” Yet I do have to admit in everyday conversations I’ve been guilty of ranting about something I’ve noticed and following it up with this useless phrase.

So today I want to advise you as I advise myself: don’t be found guilty of speaking idle words from your lips OR through social media. Let every form of communication that comes from you have purpose, a GOOD purpose. Just because you notice something or think something in your mind, whether it be the truth or not, does not mean you have to speak it. And if you do feel the need to speak the truth concerning a matter, let it been done with the specific intent of uplifting or edifying another (Ephesians 4:29, NKJV)!

Matthew 12:36 (NKJV)

“But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.”

-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.

Bits of Knowledge

Emotions: Bits of Knowledge

Sometimes we have to deal with “negative” emotions such as anger, frustration, and sorrow. We call these emotions negative and often think we should never feel these different ways; but even the Word of God tells us there’s a PROPER TIME for everything! Now consider this, if God didn’t want us to be able to feel certain emotions He wouldn’t have made us with the ability to feel them. Just as He intentionally made us with eyes to see and ears to hear, He also very intentionally made us with the ability to feel different emotions and He did it for specific reasons. Let me give you some examples-sometimes it takes us getting angry or frustrated with a situation for us to stand up and make a POSITIVE change in our communities, churches, or even in our own homes.

You see being angry is not actually a sin; the sin comes in when we choose to do something NEGATIVE in response to what angered us. The Word of God even tells us we can indeed be angry but we shouldn’t sin (Ephesians 4:26, New King James Version). Even regret has it’s proper place-if we never felt regretful about anything what would move us to ask God for forgiveness concerning sinful things we’ve done? Being regretful is not a bad thing at all as we need to feel this way in order to repent to God and even ask people we’ve wronged for their forgiveness. The problem only comes in when we decide to hold on to that regret after we have already done all we can to make amends and move forward.

So today I encourage you to examine yourself-if you’re feeling a negative emotion don’t just wish it away but ask God to reveal WHY you’re feeling that way. Maybe you’re frustrated in a relationship or with a job because you need to make some positive changes! Maybe you’re feeling sorrowful because you see a sad situation and God wants that sorrow to move you to HELP someone out of that sad situation. God made us ever so intentionally. From our hands, down to our feet, to the rollercoaster of emotions we are able to feel-there is indeed a reason for it all!

Ecclesiastes 3:1 (New King James Version)

“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven”

-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.

Bits of Knowledge

Be Steadfast: Bits of Knowledge

Sometimes we can be doing everything right-praying diligently, reading and obeying God’s Word, and doing His good work-but still that big turnaround has yet to come. Now I’ll be the first to admit when you KNOW you’re on the right path but still not seeing the full results you’d like to see, it’s a bit frustrating to say the least. However, in these cases it’s important for us to remember that we are indeed on the right path; and on the right path we can’t go wrong. So the only thing left for us to do is simply CONTINUE on the right path-being steadfast, unshakable, and immovable in everything we do until our breakthrough comes!

You see, sometimes I think it takes some of us so long to finally choose the right path that we have to continue on that path for a rather long time just to prove our faithfulness to God before He moves us to the next level. Just think about it, do you work on a job for only 2 months and get promoted to a higher position just like that? Of course not, even when you show yourself to be a good employee you have to CONSISTENTLY show good work ethics for a reasonable amount of time before you get promoted. Some people are on jobs for years before they’re even considered for a promotion.

Now it’s the same with God; He wants to be sure we know how to be faithful and steadfast in what we do before He gives us more, even when we are already doing what’s right! So today I just want to encourage you, if you KNOW you’re on the right path, don’t go to doubting yourself! Just keep on doing what God wills for you to do! Show Him how faithful and steadfast you can be and wait patiently for your desired blessings to come!

I Corinthians 15:58 (New King James Version)

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the 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.

Bits of Knowledge

Mistakes: Bits of Knowledge

In my 26 years of living I’ve made quite a few mistakes; mistakes in my realtionships, career, and even in my walk with God. I’m not necessarily happy that I made any of them-some of my mistakes I’m quite ashamed of. Some I look back on and ask myself, “What was I thinking?” Then some of my past bad choices still cause me to suffer consequences today. However, I still can’t actually say I would go back and change or undo any of the bad choices I’ve made if I could. You see, some of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned came after I made a huge mistake. Then some of my strongest moments in life manifested after I made a mistake and had to suffer painful consequences-I suffered but I didn’t give in; I kept standing!

See I’m just a firm believer that if we really love God He will indeed make ALL things work together for our good, not just our good choices but even our bad ones. God will take them and use them to teach us something, make us stronger, or better us in some way. Sometimes it takes mistakes, consequences, and suffering to PERFECT the things within us that aren’t right! So on today I encourage you to stop wasting your time dwelling on your past mistakes and wishing you could undo them. Simply ask God for forgiveness, keep on loving Him, try your hardest not to let those same mistakes happen again, and watch God make you better in a great way!

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.

Deep Questions

On Mute: Deep Questions

If your life was “on mute” meaning no one could hear the words you spoke, would it still be evident that you serve the Almighty God?!

-Could people look at the way you treat others and clearly see the love of God working through you?

-Could they look at your deeds, the places you go, and the way you carry yourself and say: Oh yeah, that’s a child of God?

See we can talk about what we believe in all day long; but our actions are the truest reflection of where our faith really lies. If we really love God and believe He’s real, it will be evident in everything we do that we are indeed children of God. Now it is important for us to boldly proclaim our faith in God from our own lips; however, it is just as important to let our faith be known by our works. And works can only be SEEN; they cannot be heard! So again, even with your life “on mute,”could your WORKS speak about the mighty God you claim to serve?!…

James 2:17 (New King James Version)

“Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

-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.

Bits of Knowledge

Like A Tree: Bits of Knowledge

A tree’s roots keep it securely anchored in the ground. Even when the wind blows or storms rage, a tree with roots that run deep into the ground is not easily knocked down or uprooted. Today I encourage you to be LIKE A TREE-plant the Word of God deep within your heart and let it anchor you in times of trouble! You might wonder: how do I do that?…Well, you can start by reading God’s word DAILY, meditating on it day and night, and actually DOING what it says to do! You see, it’s not enough to only HEAR the Word in church on sunday mornings-hearing the Word only plants the seed. However, once a seed has been planted you must nourish it and do all you can to make it produce fruit!

You can nourish your seeds and continue to make yourself strong in the Word of God by putting the Word in your prayers, everyday conversations, and even in your songs of praise and worship. If you have God’s Word incorporated into every part of your life it is not easy for a lie, test, or storm to uproot you from the truth. For example, difficult times may fool some into believing that certain things are impossible; but those deeply rooted in God with His Word all around them, know that ALL things are possible with God! So be like a tree-let God be the soil that you are rooted in and the Word of God be your roots! And allow the Word to run deep into your heart that you may continue to be STEADFAST and IMMOVABLE in the Lord, even when the storms of life are raging!

I Corinthians 15:58 (New King James Version)

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the 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.

Copyright © 2018 by Adrianna Jones.