Tomorrow isn’t promised to anyone. The next minute isn’t even promised to us. Seconds go by and we barely give any thought to the fact that we are blessed just to still be breathing. Well blessed in one since because the reality is this life is a drag to every christian who is aware of what heaven is supposed to be like. But for the unsaved this life is everything. each breath taken for granted, each day lived through without thought or gratitude, Each day is lived without purpose or provision. The only drive is material wealth and success which will all pass away someday. To the unbeliever and the the lazy christian What will you do when you stand before God?
Silly is probably one of the best words that I can use to describe myself. By silly I mean always playful, always smiling, always singing, dancing and Joking. I’m just a medium sized bundle of silliness. If you’ve seen my Instagram you know what I’m talking about. With this being such a prominent attribute of mine it was imperative that I married a woman that could encompass and facilitate this quality. My silly side is something that I kept bottled up growing up because it wasn’t accepted by the people around me. So as I got older I became more reserved and “chill”, but managed to maintain my silly side, just not in public.
Today that is an aspect of myself that I am no longer afraid to showcase, thanks to the unconditional love of my wife. She freed me from the pressure that weighed heavily on my conscious concerning whether or not people would accept me. My wife loves my wild and annoying self and I love her for it. I have never in my life felt more comfortable with who I am than right now. My wife and her family welcomed me with opened arms and it brings me to tears sometimes when I realize that this young boy that felt out of place has finally found a home. A home where my heart can rest and my mind is eased. I can be as silly as I want to be and trust me that can be pretty silly.
I never thought that I would be where I am today. I especially never thought that I would be able to comfortably be myself as an adult. Comfortability is important because it enhances the quality of life, increases mental stability and provides a strong sense of confidence. It wasn’t easy to arrive here but I finally feel like I can just relax knowing that I am loved the way I am.
I thank God every day for allowing me to go through the things I went through growing up. The rejection, the lack of acceptance and the feelings of loneliness taught me how to appreciate just how satisfying and understand how much of a blessing it is to be myself. God through my wife taught me the value of me! I find that people like me a lot more now than before as well which is also pretty cool and funny lol. Thank You, God and thank you, Rebekah! It is because of you that I can finally relax and just be silly ol me.
Jesus says to Nathaniel in John 1:48-50 That He saw Nathaniel when he was alone under a fig tree. Nathaniel was amazed by this and Jesus told him that this was only the beginning.
God’s will for us is to make us greater than the way we were when we started following Him. In my relatively short life I have witnessed some amazing things from God, but still find myself down about my a current trial that I am facing. I look at the obstacle in front of me and am overwhelmed with frustration and despair. It’s as if I am sitting under a tree and the shadow it casts over me is a shadow of discouragement. This shadow in comparison to me is greater than I am, so my head hangs low. Until I realize that God is greater than I am and that this shadow casted over me though great from my perspective, is but a grain of sand to God. He who is in me is greater and His will for me is to make me greater. The miracles I’ve witnessed were only the beginning, just like Nathaniel. God has greater things for me to witness.
“For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’But wisdom is proved right by all her children” (Luke 7:33-35).
Last night, my wife and I were talking about the religious leaders in the Gospels. She asked me, “How could they have had any doubts whatsoever concerning whether or not Jesus was who He said He was. With all the miracles He had done, the prophecies He had foretold, the things that He knew about that were done in secret, how could they not see?”
I looked at her and said, “I KNOW RIGHT!!!” The fact of the matter is people make themselves blind to truths that they do not want to or are not yet ready to accept. The Jewish leaders of that day were not looking for Jesus to be their Messiah. They were looking for an immediate deliverer and conqueror that would rescue them from Rome.
This is indeed what they received, they just did not understand that Jesus was rescuing them from something far more important than what they wanted deliverance from. The Jews in that day were looking for deliverance from Rome, but Jesus gave them deliverance from themselves. Jesus, in sacrificing Himself, rescued them from the bondage that their sin kept them in. If they thought the years that they served under the empire of Rome was bad, Hell is a lot worse. They received a Messiah greater than what they could have imagined. The only problem is, they did not accept the fact that they were unclean and they weren’t going to let Jesus tell them they were.
This is the problem with thinking highly of oneself. If you do not see a fault in what you are doing, you will not be willing to change your ways. The religious leaders did not want what Jesus was offering because they did not feel like they needed it. Moreover, the religious leaders enjoyed their roles within the church. They liked being thought highly of, setting the rules, wearing fancy robes and praying out loud for people to see how spiritual they were. Jesus condemned all of their actions and because they were not humble, they blinded themselves to the truth. How do we know this? In the verse I quoted above, Jesus states that the religious leaders thought John the baptist had a demon because he did not come eating bread and drinking wine, but Jesus came eating and drinking and they say He is a glutton and a drunkard. They were trying to remain blissfully ignorant because they refused to accept the truth.
It was clear as day who Jesus was, just like it is clear as day that there is a creator but many atheists just like the Pharisees, do not want to accept this truth. Instead, they offer flawed self-defeating arguments in an attempt to disprove God, just like the Pharisees. When those arguments do not work out for them they move to moral and philosophical arguments which neither prove or disprove the existence of a God. Today we deal with people who blind themselves willingly from the truth.
Jesus says, “wisdom is proved by all her children.” In order to be counted as wise one must exhibit humility. The ability to humble oneself leads to the acceptance of correction, putting others first, being quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to wrath and a healthy fear of God. When someone displays these attributes they come to the understanding that there is a creator and that Jesus is the savior. When these conclusions are drawn, you prove that there is a source of wisdom. Without a creator, wisdom is just a concept of wishful thinking. How can anything be intelligent if there is no creator who defines what intelligence is?
Jesus, before He returns is already a conqueror! He conquered death and the grave so that it would no longer have a hold on us. He conquered sin so that it would no longer define us. He conquered the law so we would no longer be judged by it. He is a conqueror with an everlasting kingdom that will never fall and I accept this conqueror. I accept Him as my Lord and savior because He is the only one with the power to set me free from the shackles of sin. I choose to spread His truth and follow His instruction because it brings forth life, life everlasting!
Another amazing apologetics post by my sister in Christ Savedbygrace 🙂 this like the others is a must read!!!!
Since I began this series on Apologetics I have beenasked questions that I have not previously researched which is so EXCITIG for me because I love learning!
Subsequently, I admit wholeheartedly that I am not a Science or Math person. I teach AP High School Classes such as English, Psychology, Sociology, History, Philosophy, World Religion, ….
Science is fascinating but it literally “blows my mind” LOL and math … let’s just say my husband does our monthly finances … LOL
Therefore when asked about Carbon 14 dating ~ I decided to research reputable sources such as Answers in Genesis
- For those of you like myself who read science and think you’ve just read Greek … here is the summary of this article. Carbon dating has concluded and rebuked evolutionists statements for an old earth – Reputable Scientists listed in this article show empirically that based on carbon dating –…
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There is only room for one on the throne of our hearts. That seat should be filled by Jesus Christ. But sometimes we find ourselves on the throne of our own hearts. When we are the forefront and focus we find ourselves at odds with Christ. We need Him to be the forefront and center in our lives, as we step down and surrender the throne to Him. We must allow Him to be our all and remove ourselves from the scene. When the focus is on Christ and not on us, our lives are put back into order. All the chaos in our lives takes a backseat to prosperity, as we glorify God by allowing Him to have complete control over our lives. Only He holds the power to transform us, and in our weakness we are made strong, for “greater is He who is in you.”