Rejection of the truth

“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!

 

 

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Prayer for contentment

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At times we can feel a sense of voidness, so we may seek to fill that void space inside of us. As followers of Christ we must not seek the things of this world to quench and satisfy our needs. John speaks on the love of the world in 1 John 2:15-17 saying,

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

After all, this world will leave us empty, dissatisfied and broken. Look to Jesus for any and every need because He is our Great Provider, and is the only one who can truly fulfill our every need. Only in Him will we find true contentment and joy. We want to be able to say …

“I have experienced times of need and times of abundance. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of contentment, whether I go satisfied or hungry, have plenty or nothing. I am able to do all things through the one who strengthens me.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:12-13

The V card:My guest post for song of virginity

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I wrote this a little while back for my wonderful sister in Christ Lene and really wanted to share it with the folks that follow me. Be sure to give Lene a visit because she has wonderful material, she’s super encouraging especially on the subject of waiting for marriage and she helped me out tremendously 🙂

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Christ centered marriage. 

This is a guest post that I wrote for Mrs. Brown for her website married by his grace 

Why does the bible recommend that the relationship between a husband and wife resemble the relationship between Christ and the church?

To have a prosperous relationship with God you need to completely submit yourself to His will. You need to fully devote yourself to Him and only Him. Every decision you make should be done in prayer and consultation with the Lord, not by your own understanding. You must dwell in His word and walk the straight and narrow path that Jesus laid out for us. You must spend time with God, seeking Him, talking to Him and listening to Him. These are aspects of the role that the church plays in the relationship between ourselves and Christ.

When we play our part Jesus is always faithful in going above and beyond our expectations. He listens and answers our prayers; He helps us to overcome insurmountable odds; He intercedes on our behalf; He forgives time and time again; He loves us unconditionally; He never gives up on us; He is always there and He blesses us abundantly even though we don’t deserve it. These are aspects of the role that Jesus plays in the relationship between ourselves and Christ.

Read the rest at marriedbyhisgrace.com

30 day blog challenge day 29: someone who inspires me.

I have four people who are extremely inspirational to me in my life. Lets start with the one you all know.

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There is so much that I have to say about this amazing woman that I have started a series of blogs about her. It is called she raised me and it will continue once the thirty day blog challenge is over. To view the first post click the link below:

She raised me part 1

 

James

If it wjames-editasn’t for my cousin James I wouldn’t know what it feels like to have a brother. He is a male figure that I can look up to. He once lived an extremely troublesome life but turned it all around entirely. He is married with kids and is completely lacking in care when it comes to financials. He isn’t rich by any means, but for some reason never worries about a dollar. He used to be a follower of Christ but has fallen away from his faith. Now with every conversation we have I spend a majority of it trying to convince him of the legitimacy of scripture and the life of Jesus Christ. He is hard headed but will definitely come around and when he does I will probably cry because it will mean he is officially my true brother. My brother in Christ! I will definitely write about him more in the future

 

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Tomorrow’s post is dedicated completely to the wonderful woman that you see beside me. You will learn a lot more about her then so for now I will just say this, I spend a lot of my time getting on her nerves and joking with her. She goes above and beyond when it comes to support and I know that I can count on her no matter what. Also I think it is worth mentioning that without a shadow of a doubt I AM HER FAVORITE CHILD. haha 🙂

 

 

Jesus

jesus-returnsLast but not least, “There is none like You, O LORD; You are great, and great is Your name in might (Jeremiah 10:6).” My lord and savior Jesus Christ is my greatest source of inspiration. One can search high and low but no matter where you look it is impossible to find something in the dark. “Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life“” (John 8:12). I walk in light as I follow the path set forth by Jesus and am honored to place my foot into His shoes that I will never be able to fill. Jesus in all of His ways, in all of His truth, throughout His life, Inspires me to follow The way, the truth and the life which He so veraciously describes Himself as being. Jesus I replace your crown of thorns with a crown of praise as I lift up my eyes to the hills from which comes my help (psalm 121:1-2 paraphrased)! I acknowledge you as the head of my life and offer you my heart as a thrown for you to sit upon. I choose the narrow road that leads to everlasting life and every step I take, every word I speak and write and all that I do is inspired by you Lord.

These are the people who inspire me! Who inspires you? leave a comment below telling me about your source of inspiration. 🙂 Frog it as always family (Fully Rely On God).

 

30 day blog challenge day 28: Something/Someone I miss.

The Someone

I miss a few people but my mind is eased and the desire to have them close to me fades when I think about the fact that the three people were all followers of Christ and God fearing individuals. The first of the three is my aunt Volita whom we called Dita. I wrote her on day 15 of this 30 day blog challenge, significant childhood memories. The second of the three is my grandmother. I wish I would have spent more time with her before she passed away. I feel like in comparison to a lot of my other family members I didn’t have as close of a relationship with her and it makes me sad at times. Lastly I miss my great grandmother. I don’t remember her very well because she passed away while I was young but one thing I do miss is the unity she brought to my family. She solved every problem with God and made sure all of us were keeping up with the Lord. After she passed away all hell broke loose so to speak. The unity ceased, rivalries broke out and God became a bit of a distant memory.

The something

Sometimes I find myself missing the days of innocent ignorance. The days when I didn’t know about all of the troubles of this world. The days when my most difficult decision was which flavor candy I wanted to by. Today when one looks at the condition of the world it is easy to conclude that all hope is lost haha. The government is corrupt, no matter who we vote for they are all in cahoots and have the same motives. Schools have an agenda and that agenda is to poison the minds, confuse and mislead the youth under the guise of fairness, equality and truth. But if one pays attention it is easy to see the deception and that these people are all wolves in sheeps clothing. Knowing all of this worries me at times because I fear for my children and grandchildren.

But there is one thing greater than the pain the I experience when I find myself missing my loved ones. There is some one greater than all of the anxiety I get when thinking about the future of my descendants. There is one thing covering myself and my family that will not allow the duplicity of Satan to trap us within his web of confusion, lies and sin.

God is greater! Great enough to part the red sea, calm a storm and walk on raging waters. Great enough to heal the sick give sight to the blind and drive out demons. Great enough to form the universe with nothing but his words. Greater than the pain I feel when I’m hurting and the fear that overwhelms me when I worry. Greater than the the stronghold that this world has over my family. God is greater than the possibility of a negative outcome. When my chances of succeeding are slim to none God is the variable that catapults me beyond prosperity. Jesus provides peace when chaos ensues and a way when the world minimizes my options.

With confidence I look forward to the future knowing that myself and my family are all in the hands of our wonderful creator! God has the world in His hands, my relatives in His presence and my future under His provision.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10)

Do you have something or someone you miss? Leave a comment below telling me about it or them! I cant wait to hear about it 🙂

Till next time keep frogging it fam (Fully Rely On God)

Rich for a reason. Re-blog

If you aren’t already following this amazing blogger you aught to be because post after post he delivers. He delivers a great message, tells a great story, explains biblical texts, and flat out preaches. Check out this post and give him a follow it is so worth it!

 

How rich are you?

via Rich — THE RIVER WALK

God is Greater | The Brooklyn Tabernacle

I am a huge fan of Pastor Jim Cymbala, I have yet to hear a disappointing sermon from him and decided to share the most recent one that I have listened to. I feel as though it is so relevant to Christian blogger culture because it is so hard to spread the word but even harder to successfully spread the word. Every Christian blogger out there should keep in mind that it is all within our grasp if we rest our faith in God. If we can muster up the courage to put all of ourselves behind His will even though it seems impossible, God will make it happen. The most beautiful part is when people see that you have done the impossible they will have no choice but to conclude that God made it possible.

In this message, Pastor Cymbala looks at Moses’s life. Be encouraged. No matter what the negative obstacles or circumstances you face today, Jesus Christ is greater. God’s blessings will come. Exodus 1:22-2:4, 2:11-15, 5:19-21 (NIV)

Source: God is Greater | The Brooklyn Tabernacle

30 day blogging challenge day 27: My dream super power

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This is a drawing I drew of myself as a super hero a few years ago. The super hero name I chose was Range and I had the ability to manipulate all aspects of time and morph into a big black lion.

That was my dream power back then, but what is my dream power today???

It wouldn’t be far fetched to say we are like super hero’s today. We rescue ourselves and others from spiritual damnation by leading people to the kingdom, praying for others and even encouraging our brothers and sisters. Just because we can not see the danger someone is in doesn’t mean there is no threat.

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

“We wrestle not against flesh and blood” indicates that the war that we are engaged in is not a physical battle against ourselves or man. Falling to sin is not simply a matter of making a mistake and displeasing God.

“…but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” This refers to the devil and his angels (the angels that rebelled with him). Each time you fall to sin you give into temptation that they set before you. Every day that goes by you have one of these fallen angels watching you and stalking your every move, implementing every strategy they can in order to keep you from following the will of God. When you undergo spiritual growth and grow closer to God something physically changes about you in the spiritual realm. This is why the moment you begin to get on fire for God, bad things begin to happen or distractions increase ten fold. For this reason it is important to stay close to God and dawn the full armor of God that is referred to in scripture.


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Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints (Ephesians 6:11).

 

When you allow distractions to prevail and sin to overtake you, you wave your white flag and say to a demon, “you win, do with me as you please.” So fight for God and for your spirit, don’t let a fallen angel who has lost their grace and beauty keep you from obtaining your glorified body and inherited kingdom. Don’t give in to Satan’s temptation, he and his followers know how this story ends and they are not happy about it. They are all being thrown into the lake of fire and are looking to bring as many people with them as possible. It is all they exist for because there doesn’t seem to be any implications in scripture that they have the option to repent and even if they did, would they? They were able to dwell in the presence of the almighty God, witness His glory in its fullness and still rebel against Him. This was the ultimate evil as there was no temptation at this time. Therefore these beings in rebelling against God became the embodiment and epitome of evil.

If I could have a super power today it would be to go into the spiritual realm and be able to see the unseen. While there, I would dawn the full armor of God and combat these demons that have strongholds over potential believers.

THAT WOULD BE SO AWESOME WOULDN’T IT ?!?!?!

Lol I am such a geek! Anyway if you could have any super power in the world what would it be and why? Also what would your super hero name be? Leave a comment below telling me all about your alter ego hahaha.

Keep frogging it fam (Fully Rely On God)!!!

 

Love, because anger and apathy aren’t enough. Re-blog

I love this blog post by my little sister in Christ and I feel as though everyone should read this. There is so much to learn from it!!!!

“As the church, we are in community together trying to fulfill this Great Commission that Jesus left us with. As we gently press into each other, we form one united thing, His church. As we work together, sharing the space God gives us to do His work, we all become shaped a little different. We […]

via Love: Because Anger And Apathy Aren’t Enough — 1timothy412girl