The surest way to turn a good day bad, for yourself and for others, is to spew negative words. In truth, if we often speak negativity, it turns into our norm. I know someone in particular whose conversation overflows with negativity. When I know I’ll be around that person, I approach the event mentally prepared.
Negative words and thoughts are not worthless, they do carry power. They trigger bleak emotion, aggressive action, cause pain, and forbid joy to evolve within you. Negativity does not nurture joy.
Matthew 15:10-11 Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”
The event, started by Focus on the Family in 2014, is growing in popularity. With every state in the nation involved, 8,000 students participated in 2014, 155,000 in 2015 and 356,000 in 2016. In 2017 almost 500,000 students participated and 2018 surpassed even that!
Proverbs 31:10-31 has always been a go-to for many sermons on how women are “expected” to act if they want to be Godly. However, this passage of scripture was not dictated by God himself to rule over women. It was written by a mother to her son, as advise, on what to look for in a future spouse.
To find the fact, go back to the first verses in Proverbs 31, which are often overlooked:
Proverbs 31:1-3 The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him. Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb! Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers! Do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings.
Have you ever prayed over your home? I’m sure you’ve prayed for family members, for circumstances, and for blessing in your home, but today, let’s pray God’s dominion over your home.
Praying over your home is done by walking through each room of your home while claiming God’s word throughout! How powerful it is to purify a home of doubt, stress, chaos, lack of trust, and wickedness. Today is the day to tell evil it has no business in your business and you are kicking him out of a house that belongs to God! Forbid evil to return by using God’s word as your evection notice!
Do your friends and family really know you are Christian? If they were asked to write ten descriptive words about you, would Christian be at the top of the list, or would it even be on the list at all? Now that I think about it, I’m not really sure where some of my friends and family would include Christian on my list, if at all. And that thought makes me sad.
If people around me don’t perceive me as a Christian, then it means I am doing a very bad job at sharing Jesus our savior, The One who will save them from condemnation. And sharing the gospel is what the Bible instructs us to do:
Mark 16:15-16 He [Jesus] said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
Easter is the holiest of celebrated Christian holidays, though Christmas draws much attention from non-believers and even some who conform to different faiths (specifically in interfaith marriages). However, it is the resurrection of Jesus—The One who was crucified then came back to life three days later—that is central to the Christian faith.
Through Jesus’ resurrection mankind receives salvation—our deliverance from sin. And, through studying the Bible, we understand God’s word as a true love letter. It’s a love letter because from the beginning God promises that though we sin and fall short of His glory, He provides a redeemer.
The Bible reveals the coming of our redeemer, Jesus, in the Old Testament, to prepare us to open our hearts and believe the truth once our savior actually walks amongst us in the New Testament.
I pray you believe in the life, death, and the resurrected life of Jesus the Christ. You can learn more about Jesus by reading the following obituary:
October 4 is Bring Your Bible To School Day! How fantastic is that?
The event, started byFocus on the Familyin 2014, is growing in popularity. With every state in the nation involved, 8,000 students participated in 2014, 155,000 in 2015, and 356,000 in 2016, and the number for 2017 almost reached 500,000!
Bring Your Bible To School Day started as a response to America’s schools continuing to forbid religious groups, Bibles, prayer, kneeling for God at football games, or even acknowledging Jesus in the classroom.
This much needed event is something Christian students may partake in openly.Continue reading →
Word and world alphabetically part company at the fourth letter. We Christians, however, understand there is literally a world of difference between these two words. The Word is God’s personal message to us. It is good, purely instructing how to live a holy life. The world, however, reflects man’s rebellion to God. It is not pure, as it contains both good and evil.
Evil is what desperately tries to cunningly trick us away from God’s Word.Continue reading →
Christians know the book of Revelation in the New Testament. John the apostle, wrote it when he was about 90 years old as a prisoner of Rome on the island of Patmos in the Aegean Sea. Like his first book, John, Revelation reveals the full identity of Christ, plus (in short), Revelation proclaims how final judgement occurs for believers and unbelievers when Christ returns.
However, an important book of the Old Testament too often overlooked on the topic of eternal destiny is Deuteronomy. Written by Moses, he encouraged the Israelites to follow God’s law – and if they ignored God, God states exactly what will happen.
For some reason, a reference to a newly released song recently showed up on my FB. I do not download music or visit music sites so I was surprised to view a music post on the feed. Who knows how FB decides content, right?
Anyway, it’s not the fact that it showed up that drew my curiosity to check out the video. It was the title of the song that stabbed me.
God Is A Woman. . .that was the title of the song. In light of today’s society I’m not shocked these brazen words are considered as truth. What pierced my heart is the fact that the words were purposefully assembled into lyrics of a song to entice people all over world (those who choose) to sing, dance and celebrate its title.
I do celebrate my womanhood. I loved knowing and feeling my baby girl growing inside me. The female body is perfectly made to nurture a human being, though I didn’t always treat my body as such and have confessed and asked forgiveness from God my eternal Father.
The Bible tells us God is a spiritual being.
God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” John 4:24
God has no physical characteristics. However, He chose to reveal Himself to us in a human form we can understand – a male. Scripture contains approximately 170 references to God as “Father.”
Jesus also refers to God using masculine pronouns: I and the Father are one.”John 10:30
For believers, it is only through Jesus Christ that God is our Father.
I suppose, there in lies the difference between me and the writers of God Is A Woman: Arianna Grande, Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Rickard Göransson, and ILYA.
One can only assume the writers believe in a god different from mine, because my God, Yahweh, is Jesus’ eternal Father. And believers of my Father, Yahweh, receive His love, thus making us “children of God”.
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.John 1:12-14
To spew God as a women is an infernal idea going against all truth.
This truth has been shared with mankind in the Bible for over 2500 years. We know from the gospels that Mary is the mother of Jesus, pregnant through the Holy Spirit, One of Three in the trinity of God.
This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.Matthew 1:18
Jesus had to be born of a woman, as opposed to coming from the ground like Adam, because He had to share the same flesh and blood as mankind so that He could be tempted and know the pain we all suffer.
For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.Hebrews 2:17-18
Jesus Himself suffered, making atonement for the sin of all people.
As a believer, Jesus’ atonement covers all my sin from yesterday, today, and tomorrow. The good news for Arianna Grande, Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Rickard Göransson, and ILYA, and all who celebrate the title of this song, is they too can accept Jesus’ suffering for their own sin and know they are welcome in His eternal kingdom.
Just as I have been forgiven the sins of my body because I confess and ask forgiveness from God my eternal Father; everyone is invited to confess and ask forgiveness of sin. It’s never too late, no matter how long ago the sin occurred or how often the sin takes place. In fact, while Jesus was on the hill at Calgary being crucified with two other men, the man on His right proclaimed:
We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”Luke 23:41-43
Just hours before his death, a sinner was forgiven by His Savior.
Friend, don’t wait till your final breath to confess your sin and ask forgiveness from our Father. Do it now, so that you too may have peace eternal.
Ask the Father right now by praying this sinner’s prayer, copied from gotquestions.orgright now:
“God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve the consequences of my sin. However, I am trusting in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I believe that His death and resurrection provided for my forgiveness. I trust in Jesus and Jesus alone as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord, for saving me and forgiving me! Amen!”
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