Beware Of The Person Who Says “I Don’t Sin”

Yeah, the title speaks for itself.

First things first, I’m sorry for another MIA. My free time seems to be all about school lately (master’s program is rough to say the least, but God is getting me through it as my sustainer.)

Anyhoo,

I was watching (ok it was watching me) and I heard Shannon from RHOC say “I don’t lie” and it got me to thinking, “You just told a lie right then”

Didn’t House say “Everybody Lies”?

***sidebar*** I don’t know why RHOC continues to suck me back in. I gave up most of the ratchet reality shows. Maybe it’s to teach me the opposite of what not to do. And I side eye Meghan for saying that Babies come from the spirit world, which is not true, because we’re born spiritually dead, but that’s another lesson for another time.

I digress

Anyhoo, in 1 John 1: 5-10

5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth;
7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.

In the eyes of God, a sin is a sin is a sin. It doesn’t matter what the sin is.

Lying is something that everyone struggles with, because we have a deceitful tongue (Psalm 120:2; Psalm 52:4)

Our tongue is very poisonous, because it’s full of pride and contempt, it’s arrogant, it’s boastful, and it can cause some damage beyond repair.

I can’t speak for anyone else, but I know my tongue is lethal and has gotten me in a world of trouble. (I can be slick with my mouth, according to my mom…..which is funny, because I’m more articulate in writing, but I’m sarcastic – think female Chandler Bing from Friends with a little Dorothy Zbornak from Golden Girls)

Before I gave my life to the Lord, I would lie chronically. I would lie, because I was afraid of people’s reaction to my actually feelings about things, so I would lie to please them.

The only difference between lying now and then is my relationship with the Lord. Before I got saved, whenever I sinned, I sometimes will get an attack of the conscious. Now, I get conviction from the Holy Spirit. The conviction reminds me of a 5-minute warning that my mom would give me to get inside the house from playing outside.

I’m learning that during that conviction to immediately confess, because the more you prolong that period of not confessing, the harder it becomes to actually confess later on and also you start making and finding any excuse to try to biblically find why it’s ok to do that particular sin that is taking you out of fellowship with the Father.

When we deny during something such as lying or any type of sin, or even give an excuse about why a particular sin is ok, because it’s not in the bible, we’re pretty much saying to God that we’re the author of our own book so to speak.

That’s not right and it’s not fair.

If he says that it’s a sin, then you need to understand that it’s offensive to him and harmful to us.

When someone says “I don’t sin” I avoid them like the plague. That person is about self at that moment, which is where we are most dangerous with our tongue. Our pride gets involved and Satan has a field day.

So, what to do?

I stay away, but I also pray for that person and then for myself, since we do live in a monkey see, monkey do world. Meaning, our flesh is still very much active and trying to regain control of our being, so when you hear, see, or think of something that is contrary to God’s word, then our flesh picks it up and absorbs it.

My little sister, I love her dearly, but she cusses like a sailor and when confronted she acknowledges that she cusses too much. Her excuse, however, is this is just the way she is. She needs to get with God and seriously search why she is like that. Why does she allow herself to use language that means nothing but destruction? I feel a conviction, even when a cuss word comes across in my thoughts. I purposely try to skip over curse words, if I come across something with it. (Sometimes, it’s kinda hard, so I may substitute)

When the day comes that we stand before God, that is not the excuse that we’re going to give, because there will be no excuses.

The longer you participate in that particular sin that is recurring or unconfessed, you will give Satan a foothold and sometimes a fully leg in how you handle that sin. If will boast you up and trick you like he did Eve in the garden and make you second guess what the bible actually says.

As Christians, if you ignore the convictions that the Holy Spirit is giving you about whatever sin you’re doing at that moment, you are grieving and quenching the Holy Spirit. You are in violation of God’s word, because his word says not to quench or grieve the Holy Spirit (1 Thes 5:19, Ephesians 6:16)

I speak from personal experience when I say that the more you quench/grieve the Holy Spirit, the more miserable you’ll become. Because, you’re not in fellowship with God and your flesh is leading you, which means that Satan is probably up there in Heaven mocking you before God. That should be enough to kick anybody into high gear and make things right.

So what can we do?

Examine yourself. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you identify areas of your life that is not pleasing to the Lord. Ask him to help you overcome that sin in your life that you have a hard time confessing or keep denying. Ask him to reveal to you any unconfessed sin that needs to be confessed and repented. Because the word is clear when it says “If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.”

Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy. He’s the CEO of that operation. Actually, he’s the CEO of this world and the chairman and 100% majority shareholder. We’re to be in the world, but not of the world. We’re born into chaos, because of Adam, which is why Jesus went to the cross to reconcile us back to the Father. When Satan loses his kids to Christ, he’s pissed off and trying to discredit you before God to make it appear like we’re not worth anything. Don’t let him win. Let Jesus continue to be an intercessory for us, because she’s our greatest cheerleader and lawyer and he wants us to stop falling for Satan’s tricks and schemes. Each time we say we don’t sin, we fall for the scheme hook, line, and sinker.

I don’t care where you are at this moment. Go before the Father and confess your sins and get back into fellowship with him, if you’re out of it that is. You never know and you won’t know unless you ask. It’s like a work, where you have to speak to your manager sometimes and say “Hey how I’m doing work wise?” Checking on your performance. It’s the same thing here.

Know that you cannot lose your salvation, because you have a relationship with Christ and you have the Holy Spirit indwelled with you. Your fellowship with Christ is a different thing. It’s like when you’re disobedient to your mother. She’s mad and waiting on you to apologize and make things right, but you’re still her child, that relationship is solid and forever. When you reconcile with your mother after apologizing and admitting what you did was wrong, then the fellowship has been restored and you are cool beans with one another. It’s the same concept.

You’re going to mess up and God knows that. But, he lets us know in 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (I’m going by KJV memory here, so it’s worded differently form the NASB version above)

Get it together and make it right and don’t let Satan have that victory over you.

Until next time bros and sis and if by chance, there is another MIA event, I apologize in advance, but I’m going to try to keep diligent in posting at least once a week or twice a month. But this has been on my heart since last week and It was laid on my heart again today to finish and post.

xoxo,

Jade

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Bible Study: What is Pruning?

What is Pruning?

Pruning is a garden technique for cutting away the dead or overgrown branches, twigs, and stems, that is unwanted in the garden or landscape.

Pruning is actually very important to our spiritual growth, especially as the Holy Spirit continues to lead us and guide us. It’s very essential to listen to the Holy Spirit as he lets you know what needs to be pruned in your life.

It can be a variety of things that you may need pruning from.

Something small like stop drinking sodas or something bigger like cutting certain friends of out your life.

Whatever the Lord is pruning from your life, go with it.

Don’t fight. Don’t deny it. It is important to obey him has let is stripping you of those things that can hinder you.

You must glorify God and listen to his instructions.

You’ll be surprise what he is pruning from my life lately.

First let me give you his word that shows how pruning is an important process in our walk with the Lord.

John 15:1-11

1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 

2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. 

3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 

4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 

5 I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. 

6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. 

7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 

8 My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.

9 Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 

10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 

11 These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.

So, as you see in the scriptures, pruning is very essential in cleaning up the dead fruit. What you read, watch, and hear can affect us more than we know.

Whatever nature that you feed the most, the more it’s going to shine through.

What do I mean by that?

If you’re a born-again believer in Christ, then you know that we have Christ in us the hope of glory (Col 1:27) and we were given the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, to lead and guide us into all truths. But you also know that we still have the sinful nature that we were born with until the day we physically die and until our physical death, we are still in bondage with our flesh. (read Gal 5 and Romans 8)

For example, I was watching Basketball Wives the other day, trying to catch up after a 2 week fast of not watching the ratchet shows, but I heard the Lord clear as day “Why are you watching this?” and then my schedule reminder to watch Wrecked came on. But then after the Wrecked episode was over, I switched back to watching Basketball Wives and he said again “Again, why are you watching this?”

I had to reflect and remember the peace of mind that I had during that 2-week fast. I notice that I wasn’t as gossipy, I was less conflicted and less on edge, my attitude was better, and I felt that godly peace. As soon as my fast was done, I tried to watch Real Housewives of New York and couldn’t finish it, even though that one is my favorite. Same with Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta, I had it on in the background, but I couldn’t begin to recap it fully. But with Basketball Wives, all I heard was arguing and cussing and I notice that I was starting the bad habits, like I was mimicking what I heard and saw. This is why the Lord kept asking me, “Why are you watching this?” Because it wasn’t bringing him glory and it was affecting my fellowship with him. It was feeding my flesh, which had that authority at that moment to have me grieve the Holy Spirit.

I’ve examined Shows before, like I used to watch Charmed, but the Holy Spirit told me to stop. Even most recently, the new TV show Claws, the first 15 mins in, the Holy Spirit said “Turn the channel and don’t watch this.” Even with movies, like Fifty Shades Darker and I wanted to see that so bad, because it had more suspense, but again the Holy Spirit said “Don’t”

I had no idea that this was pruning and trimming away that dead fruit and vines that were not helpful with my walk with the Lord. I had no idea how much what I was watching and even the music in my itunes library that I was listening to, could be harmful to my spiritual growth.

So, I’ve been examining everything, even social media. I just deleted my facebook page (ok deactivated, because they will only delete it when I’m dead). I know for a fact that I won’t start another one again (at least that’s my hope). Definitely, examining what else I’ve watched that is not good. What I’ve read (I’m picky with what I read anyway) and even whom I’ve spend my time with and let in. Even what you eat and drink.

The pruning process is not only essential, sometimes it can be painful, especially if you have bonded with what needed to be pruned. Some things may be your guilty pleasure, some may be your biggest vice, some may be your greatest obsession, some may even be your best friends, but in the long run, you will see why the Lord had to prune those things and people away and remember it’s for his glory and his purpose for your life. So, when you start to lose interest in something or when people start to distant themselves from you, then it’s a reason and it’s God’s way of pruning to prepare you for his purpose. Trust and believe.

What are the things in your life that needs pruning? Or that Lord has told you that needs pruning?

If you’re not sure, ask him?

Say, Father, what is it in my life that needs to be pruned?

He’ll tell you. He will definitely tell you.

Stay safe and pray without ceasing!!!!!

xoxo

Jade

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Let It Go! And I’m Not Talking About the Frozen Song

Let it Go

I’m pretty sure that most people have heard this phrase throughout their life. It’s important to let things go for your own sanity sometimes, but most of the time it’s important to let things go, because God is saying give it to him.

1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxieties (cares in some versions) on him, because he cares for you”

Likewise in Psalm 55:22 “Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.”

Many times in our lives, we like to handle things on our own strength, especially when it comes to dealing with adversary.

Why with adversary?

Because, our human minds wants revenge against those who have wronged us. It’s just apart of that sinful nature that is within us. I’m guilty of it.

You know the verse from Romans 12:19 “Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.”

It’s powerful, but it’s there to remind us that God is in charge of retribution and vengeance. More than likely, you have to be completely honest with yourself; in our own strength and mind, you may harm that person who has wronged you.

You’ve seen it in movies and tv shows, when someone has been wronged and they cast that bloodbath of revenge. TV tropes call it the roaring rampage of revenge.

It’s satisfying when that person that has wronged you gets their just deserts, but in the long run it makes you feel bad. If you’re not saved, then you may have an attack of the conscience or not at all. If you are saved, then you’ll feel a conviction from the Holy Spirit, letting you know that you were wrong.

Let it go is the step to forgiving that person or forgiveness in general. Technically, we don’t have the right to withhold forgiveness, because Christ died on the cross to pay our sin debt in full. God forgave us our sins, so why not do the same for others.

This is something that I struggle with, especially if it seems like that person just gets away with everything. It may appear that way, but God got this 100%. He sees our pain and frustration, but when he says stand down, I got this, best believe he got this.

Now, what do you do in the meantime?

Give it to the Lord and leave it there.

The entire point of letting it go is actually leaving it with him.

Sometimes, you can get over it after one prayer.

Other times, it can take multiple prayers.

Talk to him. Trust him. Leave it with him and let him show your enemies that he is God.

Psalm 105:15 says “Do not touch my anointed ones. And do my prophets no harm”

Best believe that God does not like it, when his kids are being bothered with. He as our Father sees it, knows it, and doesn’t like it. But we have to trust him to deal with it accordingly.

So, how does one let it go?

You let it go by faith. You trust that he will handle the situation according to his will, his word, and his purpose.

And when you let it go, it’s a peace that will come about that comes only from him, because you know that you’ve left it in the Master’s hands.

So, let us let it go and hand it over to the Father.

Father, thank you for your word and thank you for your protection and your shield. Thank you Father for taking our cares and handling our enemies, frustrations, and anything that is hindering us. Thank you that vengeance is yours and yours alone and I thank you in advance for handling the situation and giving us the strength and courage to let it go and leave it with you. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Until next time,

xoxo,

Jade

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Long MIA – I’m Back

I’m back.

Being back means that God wasn’t done with this ministry to reach his people and the lost.

Forgive me for the long break. Real life did creep in that prevented me from regularly blogging.

Even though I’m working full time and working on my Masters, the goal is to post at least once a week.

There is a longer purpose that needs to be fulfilled as far as the appearance of this blog, but for now, I’m keeping the blog as is. Meaning, I want to change the name and make it more professional, like actually having a domain, but for now we’re going to see how this goes, according to the will of the Lord.

In the meantime, in between time, stay tune for what the Lord has in store.

To God be the glory, great things he has done!

xoxo,

Jade

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Hurricane Matthew: The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand

My east coast state did not get to experience the full scale effects of Matthew, when it became a category 1. In fact, once it finished with North Carolina, it went back into the ocean, as it surrendered completely to the hand of God. Its job was done. The message was spread. The devastation was done.

The winds and the waves shall obey thy will; Peace be still. I can hear it so clearly, I can hear the Lord so clear. This was not an average hurricane, this was a message, not just a message, a stern warning.

When my mother (our designated meteorologist) tracked the hurricane, as she did with most of them, she warned that this would be a large scale hurricane. It started in the last days of September, but it didn’t hit the United States until October 7-8.

I saw further signs in forms of memes on Instagram and over the internet, Matthew 10:7
Which says the following:

“And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand (in some translations “near”)”

As the hurricane went out into the ocean, it became a post-tropical cyclone. Ironically, even post-tropical cyclones can cause just as much damage as a hurricane. Even though it was now off the coast of the eastern states, it was still powerful. The message was clear that this is only a taste of what will happen in the future. America was in trouble, once more.

One thing that I learned while doing more research was the devastating effects and aftermath of Haiti. Then I learned why they received such devastating effects. You can visibly see it on the weather channel website and it’s been posted all over the web that when the hurricane made landfall in Haiti, an eerie face was spotted on satellite images, which looked like a skull.

 

image via here

image via here

I don’t know the connection between Haiti and the skull and I don’t really care that much to investigate. (ok maybe I will, lol) But I will say that this hurricane, like Katrina is definitely a mixture of natural occurrence (this is hurricane season still) and spiritual warfare.

The Lord is not pleased with the United States and it’s an ongoing issue, it’s not just a one-time deal, he’s over it and rightfully so. And not just with the US, but the entire world. Biblical prophecy is fulfilling itself day to day and as Christians, it’s our job to continue to preach the gospel to the lost.

Lets be more vigilant and not ignore or brush aside the warnings that God is bring forth. There will be more like Hurricane Matthew to come. Don’t fret and don’t fear. Trust God in everything and remember to pray without ceasing.

Until next time, if it’s the Lord’s will,

xoxo,

Jade

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Random Thoughts: I’m thinking about Permanently quitting social media – Ok just Twitter

A feel a dark cloud that threatens to come each time I partake in arguments and petty debates or twitter and especially forums.

I am defending the honor of someone I don’t know, because I refuse to condemn them the way the world has. If you follow me on twitter, then you can see that I’m talking about Real Housewives of Orange County’s Vicki Gunnvalson.

A quick backstory: Last year, Vicki’s then Boyfriend Brooks was found to be faking cancer. How and Why was this found out? Well, Vicki argued with this girl Meghan and the Meghan being pissed off, decided to investigate Brook’s claim that he had cancer. Not to be mention, a “psychic” said that he was faking. They took the word of a psychic and just ran with it. So, they browbeat Vicki into showing proof that he did had cancer. Well, she ended up being guilty by association and people have been cutting her reputation to the white meat every since.

The reason why I defended her was because I was sick of people saying she lied about having cancer and she was in on the cancer scam. No, it was her now ex-boyfriend who did those things. Yeah she lied about having one of her castmates’ husband come to her house to administer an IV treatment to Brooks in the middle of the night and she wanted compassion and a casserole. That really didn’t warrant her being in on a lie or a scam. All she has said was to confront Brooks about it. Nothing wrong with that.

Now, on the show she was hurt in an accident, where her castmate and former BFF Tamra was driving a dune buggy they were in and it flipped multiple times. Now people are saying that she exaggerated her injuries for sympathy and that it was her karma.

I don’t like that. I don’t like when people lack compassion and I definitely don’t like it when people just automatically accuse people of doing something due to their association with someone else. Don’t group them together.

If she is guilty, God will deal with that accordingly in his way.

More than that, Jesus himself said in John 8:7 says “He who is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her”

I’m not going to condemn Vicki. I’m not going to hate her, I’m not going to judge her. I don’t have proof or evidence to the fact of what she has been accused of doing is true. But more than that, my gut feeling is telling me that she’s not guilty of what she has been accused of. And if I’m wrong and she is, then like I said, let God handle this.

So, in getting into a 3 hour debate on Reality Tea, I realize that I was exactly as worldly as they are. It’s not something that I should have engaged in. But what’s done is done. Lord forgive me for acting out of character I was before I gave my life to you. I was actually pretty friendly with my debates, but I still didn’t feel right about it.

I’m better than this, because when you’re in Christ, you’re a new creation, you’re in the light, as he is in the light. God is the light and Satan is the dark. Satan has his world already in the palm of his hands, so it’s not so far stretch that his reign in the social media world has exploded to an uncomfortable environment.

So, I think I’m going to delete my twitter. Facebook, I don’t really use, but I’m trying to beat my cookie jam score. I’m keeping instagram and the snapchat, I don’t know why with snapchat. But yeah. I know people will say “Hey you got to learn to ignore and not engage” I’m weak and I’m not ashamed to say that. I’m more lethal with writing, so combine that with the flesh and PMS, then yeah I think it’s good for me to move on from that.

I may lose a few followers, but it’s ok. I didn’t create this blog for popularity. I was chosen to create it to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ and to share my experiences as I walk this journey with the Lord. If I create another account, it will be the Lord’s will.

Now, I have had my surgery, three weeks ago to be exact. I haven’t felt like doing anything except manage the pain I’m still having. But I had to explain why I was deleting my twitter page to yall (it’s really the only social media thing that is connected to this blog). So if you still want to follow this blog, then feel free to enter your email to get the updates and alerts.

Ok loves,

Take care,

xoxo,

Jade

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Bible Study Lesson – Why I’m No Longer Afraid to Die

I had no idea what this week’s post would be about, so I asked the Lord to help me during my morning prayer. This is what he gave me; explain why I am not afraid to die.

The reason why I’m not afraid to die is because my home is in Heaven with the Lord. The way the world is going, my soul longs to be released, but I have an appointed time to die according to Hebrews 9:27 “It’s appointed unto men once to die, after this the judgment.”

Let me give you these words that Jesus promised to his disciples in John 14

John 14:1-6

1“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.

2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.

3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.

4 And you know the way where I am going.”

5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?”

6 Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

So, Jesus is in Heaven preparing for us to come home. It’s like when you’re moving to another state and sometimes either you or maybe it’s your husband, father, kids, or whomever go ahead to that state and get everything in order, so that the move can go smoothly and you have somewhere to go when you officially move to that state.

Also in this passage, he’s letting us know that we’re he is going, we’re also going and he will come back and get his children. He also explains, if it wasn’t so, then we would have said otherwise.

So, even after his reassurance, we have no reason to doubt him.

Now, why did I say that my soul longs to be released?

Well there are plenty of scriptures to explain this longing. I’m only going to give a few.

Romans 8:23 “And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body”

2 Corinthians 5:2 “For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven”

1 Corinthians 15:53 “For the perishable must be clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality”

2 Corinthians 5:4 “So while we are in this tent, we groan under our burdens, because we do not wish to be unclothed but clothed, so that our mortality may be swallowed up by life.”

Romans 7:24 “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?”

Our physical bodies are tainted from the burden of sin. It’s sick, it’s infected, and I praise God that we’re getting a body that is worth and perfect to his glorification. (Philippians 3:20-21)

Remember that phrase in the 90s “I wanna be like Mike.” Well, I wanna be like Jesus. I wanna to be with him in Heaven. I pray that you also want to be with him.

The way the world is going, we don’t know the day, but we’re close. Maybe we’ve always been close, but it’s important to not focus on what’s happening here in the world, but keep your mind upon Heaven and your citizenship there. This world is not our home, we’re just passing by.

No matter what happens, God is always in control and he alone have ordered our steps.

I always treat these blogpost like it’s the final one. I didn’t even realize it until now. But don’t fret. Even if I never post here again for whatever reason, the blog will still remain unless WordPress says otherwise, but I have faith and trust God that this blog will still have an impact in the spreading of his word and the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Today is the day of salvation. Now is the acceptable hour. Ask yourself this one question. Where will you spend eternity at? Will it be in Heaven with Jesus Christ? Or will it be with Satan?

There are people who truly believe that they can just get by with being good to get into Heaven, but that’s not what the bible says. Jesus himself said in John 3:3 “Verily, verily, I say unto you; except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” What does that mean to you?

If you are a believer in Christ, congratulations and I look forward to meeting you at home. While you’re still here, continue to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to win even more souls to him.

If you’re not a believer, please like on the word salvation in the side bar with the different words or click on the page tab above “How do I get saved?” (I think that’s the tab). Don’t think of me or anyone else throwing this or forcing this upon you. We’re not doing it for kicks or to recruit like a sorority, but your eternal life is at stake here. It’s pretty much imperative that you act right now, before it’s too late. The time is coming. Only God the Father knows the day, the hour, the minute, the year, basically it’s sporadic. We’re not going to know, so please ignore, side eye, say chile please to those sites or folks who give you a direct date, because it is unscriptural and they need to have a colosseum of seats. God’s word will always trump everything, and please trust and believe in God always and forever.

Until next time, God willing, in the meantime, in between time,

xoxo,

Jade

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Be Still and Know that I am God

The title comes from Psalm 46:10, where David writes “Be Still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, and I will be exacted in the earth.”

Now, when you first look at the verse, you would think it means to be quiet and acknowledge God. Not in particularly, although, it does help to be quiet and let God do his thing.

When it says to “Be Still” in that verse, it actually means to Stop, Let it God, Stop Fighting, Stand Down, Cease Striving, Stop trippin, and to actually Be Still.

In Exodus 14:12-14, the Israelites were complaining and it was at that time that Pharoah was pursuing them after their exodus from Egypt. Moses was still trying to keep them together and told them to chill with these words. Well, let me give you verse 12 first

12 “Is this not the word that we spoke to you in Egypt saying, ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.”

Moses’ response

13-14 “But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.”

After Moses’ response, the Israelites saw that God had their backs by parting the red sea, which pretty much drowned Pharaoh’s peeps.

But even though they saw with their own eyes that God had their back, then still complained and thus the golden calf happened, while Moses was getting the Ten Commandments, and as a result of their ongoing disbelief and disobedience, they were cursed with wondering in the wilderness for 40 years and wasn’t able to see the promise land which was promised to their forefathers.

Isn’t ironic that the Israelites were God’s chosen people and yet they complained thI e most, not to mention they didn’t receive Jesus and he was one of them.

The more I think about it, that could be why they complained so much, because they thought that they were entitled to God’s blessings, because they were the chosen ones. Well, like my mama always told me, this aint Burger King, where you can have it your way. But I digress……

The point of this post is to remind everyone that God is always in control. Even when you don’t see it, he is. He’s always and forever in control.

Things are bad now in the world and unfortunately, I don’t think it will get better, because of Jesus’ warning in Mark 13. Stand firm and continue to hold on to God’s unchanging hand.

I have a feeling that it’s almost time to go home to be with the Lord and each year that feeling gets stronger. But until such time, I will continue to spread his gospel and to be what he has called all of his children to be: The light of the world.

It’s natural to be fearful. I’ll be honest, each time I get in my car and I see a cop, I am scared. It’s makes me mindful to obey the speed limit and make sure that everything is up to date, so that they won’t have a reason to pull me over. I also have a small fear about the Presidential election. ***sidebar*** I don’t want Trump to be the President of the United States. No way, Jose. At the same time, if that happens, I will do thus saith the Lord and Be Still.

He said he will never leave us nor forsake us. So, we should believe in that always and forever and always remember that we are to render unto God. Trust him and remember that this world is not our home. When you give your life to Christ, you are no longer citizens of this world, because our citizenship is in Heaven. So, continue to keep your eyes and your hearts upon our Heavenly Home.

Until, the next time, Lord willing,

xoxo,

Jade

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The Unforgiving Spirit

An Unforgiving Spirit

I had one recently and I’m not proud of it.

I learned that someone hurt me greatly, that could have cost me my job. I even tried to give them the benefit of the doubt and not place blame, but when I learned that it was true, my heart completely harden.

I said that I forgave them, when in fact I didn’t. I wanted to, but for some reason I couldn’t. The reason was me.

Why? Because I wanted that person to hurt as much as I was. I wanted to know why they put a hit out on me to hurt my career. I wanted them to suffer like I was suffering. I wanted them to pay.

In the process, I was paying the price. Whatever they felt was between them and God alone. But the unforgiveness that I held in my heart towards them was between me and God and it threaten my fellowship with me and my blessings.

How did it affect my fellowship and blessings with him?

Matthew 6:14 -15 – For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.

You read it right, if I forgive others, then our Heavenly Father will forgive me; but if I don’t, then he won’t.

Ephesians 4: 31–32 – Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

The Lord has a way of getting our attention when we screw up. Just like the gossip message, he delivered a message via Dr. Charles Stanley about having an Unforgiving Spirit (the actual title was Freedom from Bondage Part 1 from June 30 Podcast) and I took notes while working. It was if God was speaking to me directly and I got teary eyed and had such remorse and I felt bad.

But what really hit me was when he said that I had no right to hold unforgiveness and that when I became a Christian, I gave up that right.

He’s was right, but that day I heard the podcast (July 1) I wasn’t ready to forgive. I needed to get some things off my chest. I was still seeing her with incredible bitterness that overcame me. I was hurting by what she did, but in the process I was destroying my own being and I was indirectly infecting everyone around me with the bitterness I held in my heart.

Why was everyone else infected with my bitterness?

Because I wanted to destroy her reputation. I’m not ashamed to admit that, but it was wrong of me to involve other people in my pain. Once I did what I’m about to admit, I did go to them and explain that I had to let go of my unforgiving spirit and truly forgive her and wipe the slate clean.

The Healing process – The Truth way to forgive and forget

I couldn’t rest, in fact, I had trouble sleeping and at first I thought that I was having acid reflux episodes, because of bad eating, but as my friend told me, no you were stressed. Yeah, I was stressed and I was the cause of it.

My mother always told me that the other person doesn’t hurt when they have hurt me, I’m the one who hurts when I don’t forgive them. I didn’t even think about what that truly meant, until God himself got me straight. His word is our guide for a reason.

Dr. Stanley suggested taking 2 chairs and I sit in one and hypothetically sit the object of my unforgiveness in the other chair. The problem with that is I don’t articulate that well when I speak sometimes, so I would have not gotten out everything that needed to get out. The Lord reminded me that I do articulate very well in writing. So, that Saturday afternoon, I sat by myself (my cat was lurking in the background, so I wasn’t completely alone) and I got out everything I felt. I started out by apologizing for the things that I did to her to cause her to hurt me. Then I explained to her why she hurt me and told her how I felt. Then I explained that I didn’t have the right any longer to hold the debt over her head. Her debt was cleared (just as ours) on the cross by Jesus himself.

Then I completely gave it all to the Lord. All the hurt, the pain, the memory, the fear, the threats, the turmoil, and most of all the unforgiveness and bitterness and everything else to the Lord and I ask for her healing, as well. It’s not healthy for either one of us to hold on to this. And once I did this, the load and the guilt was lifted. I also forgave myself for what I did that got me in trouble in September at work (which was totally my fault) and I forgave my managers for the way they confronted me. I completely felt the guilt and finally felt free.

Now I walk into my office secure in the knowledge that the slate has been clean by God himself and more importantly, man may remember my sins, but God already forgave me of my sins and remembered it no more (Hebrews 8:12)

As of today, I can look at the situation and the girl who hurt me, as well as myself and my managers with no bitterness. It happened and it happened for a reason beyond all of our control. It brought me closer to the Lord, as I have in a while. I had backslidden like crazy and the Lord has a way of getting our attention when we ignore him too much. (I didn’t really ignore him, but I had stop regularly studying the bible, so that probably what did it) not to mention, this taught me that I need to be extremely mindful and careful of others feelings, intentionally and unintentionally.

I was told that I can be sometimes rude (which is common among all of my fellow peers in my office) and when I asked my mom how I would come off, she agreed that I am a tad rude with my responses. I do have a sarcastic trait, but I think as my heart had harden it was no longer the Female Chandler Bing from Friends sarcastic, but the bitter and mean cynical sarcastic. It wasn’t right and it wasn’t fair to them and of course, apologizes from me were in order.

So, what was the point of this post?

To let others know that we Christians also struggle with unforgiveness and bitterness. We’re not exempt from that, but also we have the Holy Spirit to convict us of doing wrong and this was my punishment for grieving him, when I was ignoring and try to get away and justifying my reasons for not forgiving.

I was suffering physically and emotionally, more importantly spiritually, because I wasn’t in fellowship with God. Prayers wasn’t being answered and it was my fault. NO one else.

I’m a grown woman and I’m not afraid to acknowledge my mistakes and this was one that I’m not proud of.

According to 2nd Corinthians 2:5-11, Satan will take advantage and will try to outwit us, when we have that unforgiveness and bitterness in us. We have to rise above that and forgive, so it doesn’t rob us of the life that God intends for us to have.

So, I implore each of you to learn from my mistakes and don’t do what I just lived through. If you have unforgiveness in your lives and hearts, please make it right today.

Jesus paid our sin debt in full on the cross, when he took on the sins (past, present, and future sins) of all of mankind. He paid the penalty and paid our ransom. Thus making a way for us to be reconcile to God the Father.

1 Corinthians 5:21 – He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

So, if you don’t know Christ as your Lord and Savior today, please believe in Jesus Christ and what he did for all of mankind on the cross. His death, burial, and resurrection is his gospel and the good news that we share with the world.

Today is the day of salvation, now is the acceptable hour, because we don’t know the day nor the hour, when we will take his children (believers in Christ aka the Body of Christ) home, so please accept his free gift of salvation before it’s too late. You don’t have to do anything, except believe in him, believe that he died for you and that he is our risen savior. And in that moment, you are forgiving and you will receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

May God continue to bless and smile upon you all

xoxo,

Jade

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Gossip is Fun, But God Hates It

I got to definitely confess that I like to gossip. It’s fun, it’s appealing to the ears, and it’s interesting.

But you know who does not find it fun, appealing, or interesting? God. Yep, it’s actually something he abhors and no matter how much you find it fun.

Don’t believe me?

Proverbs 6:16-19

There are six things which the Lord hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil, A False Witness who utters lies, And one who spread strife among brothers.

Chile, I learned this the hard way. The hard way being that he read me for filth, as they say now.

Every morning when I’m at work I listen to In Touch ministries, Dr. Charles Stanley. The topic for that day: Gossip. I said ok and I listened to the entire 20 min lesson and took notes, while working. It’s when I learned that God really hates gossip.

I mean it’s obviously something that I’ve heard before, but hey when Satan wants you do his dirty work, then do you really listen? No you don’t. Because he will deliver the temptation in such a beautiful gift wrap, that it is literally hard to resist.

So why is Gossip so appealing?

Some call it tea, receipts, the scoop, whatever it is, it’s insider information that every human being on this earth enjoys to be a part of. Even though, we don’t like to be the topic of the gossip. No one actually enjoys that. Well, maybe some do, but they usually enjoy the attention part, not necessarily the gossip part. There was a reason why Gossip Girl was a popular TV show (xoxo) and yes guys gossip just as much as girls do, sometimes even better.

But the thing about Gossip is that it isn’t always true, because some people will say, “Well, if it’s true, then it’s not gossip”, no gossip is gossip, which means in the eyes of the Lord, it’s a sin.

So, lets see how God feels about Gossip

Proverbs 16:28

A perverse man spreads strife, And a slanderer separates intimate friends.

Exodus 23:1

You shall not bear a false report; do not join your hand with a wicked man to be a malicious witness.

James 4:11

Do not speak against one another, brethren He who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge of it.

Psalm 101:5

Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him I will destroy; No one who has a haughty look and an arrogant heart will I endure

Leviticus 19:16

You shall not go about as a slanderer among your people, and you are not to act against the life of your neighbor; I am the Lord.

Proverbs 18:6-7

A fool’s lips bring strife, And his mouth calls for blows. A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

You know it was also apart of the Ten Commandments

Exodus 20:16

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor

We will be here all year, if I go through all the verses that pertains to gossip in the bible.

Warnings about Gossiping

Proverbs 20:19

He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, Therefore do not associate with a gossip

Psalm 34:13

Keep your tongue from evil and you lips from speaking deceit

Proverbs 11:13

He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is trustworthy conceals a matter.

Proverbs 21:23

He who guards his mouth and his tongue, Guards his soul from troubles

Yesterday at work, I was intrigued by my co-workers intense conversation and I can tell you whatever it was they were talking about it was juicy and yes, I wanted to know what it was. I even paused my music to listen. I walked over to my co-worker’s desk to dip. Then I heard the Lord loud and clear to stop it. I was just ask guilty just by dipping, even though I had no clue what they were talking about. The sheer fact that I was aching to know was wrong and it’s crazy how our human mindset ache to participate in something that didn’t involve us. It was none of my business, so I put my mind back on what I was doing before.

I understand why God hates gossip, just as I understand why Satan loves it. God is not the author of confusion (1 Cor 14:33), but Satan is the author and the father of lies (John 8:44)

Paul said in 1 Peter 3:9 “Do not repay evil for (with) evil or insult for (with) insult” So if someone gossips about you, don’t do the same.

If you participate in gossiping, you’re guilty – point blank.
If you just listen, still guilty.
If you ache to know and start dipping – still guilty.

We literally have to be mindful about this wicked sin and remember that it’s one of the things that it’s an abomination in the eyes of the Lord.

Now, the point of these blogs is also teaching myself. I can’t promise or declare that I or any of us will never gossip (intentionally or not, directly or not) again. It’s impossible to promise that. It’s impossible to tell yourself that.

The only thing we can do is to continue to let the Lord direct our paths, ask the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us into all truths. Continue to feed the Spirit in us and not feed the flesh with ungodly things. Which is important that we are extremely careful of what we introduce ourselves to, who we listen to, and watch, etc.

So, I say again. Gossiping is fun, but God hates it.

xoxo,

Jade

 

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