A gift from above. Guest post by Courtney

​I am so happy to have a guest post by my little sister in Christ on here. She has such a brave heart and has just entered into a world filled with disbelief and darkness. This world is called college and she is going to need as much encouragement as possible because college can be a dark and manipulative place. Thankfully the Lord has blessed her with some amazing friends :). After reading this be sure ti head over to her awesome site and follow her. Okay without further a do I present you A gift from about by Courtney the 1timothy412girl 
Before I begin, I would like to say thank you to my friend and big brother in Christ—Julian—for giving me the opportunity to guest post on his site! His posts are awesome I know that God has great plans for him, his family, and his blog!

When Julian asked me to write a guest post, he asked that I speak about a time when I felt God’s presence in my life. After a lot of thinking, I realized that the way that God is revealing Himself the most strongly right now is through my friendships. Throughout the years, God has placed some amazing people into my life who have encouraged me in my walk with God and helped me grow.

I met my best friend during the summer between freshman and sophomore year, when I was going through a particularly dark season that I thought would never turn around. I was dealing with a lot of drama that I never would have volunteered to be involved in, and I was falling deeper and deeper into a sea of despair. I remember days when I didn’t even want to leave the house, feeling that I would never have close friends again. Nonetheless, as time went on, and as I pushed forward, it soon became clear that loneliness was not part of God’s plan for me. Little by little, he began bringing new and wonderful people into my life

Upon the arrival of sophomore year, even amidst the continuous drama I was dealing with, I soon found myself becoming closer with fellow classmates—some of them whom I’ve known of since junior high. As I spent my year wishing for one perfect friend, God was orchestrating things behind the scenes to bring me a whole group that would soon become like family to me.

One day—two years later—I was hanging out with my friends at the mall. By then, I had moved past the pain and drama and was surrounded by a wonderful, quirky, amazing group of friends. We were sitting at a long table in the mall cafeteria and my best friend Alex and I decided to get up and walk around. One by one, our friends began getting up and followed behind us. Alex—amused by this scene—made a comment that we both still remember.

“It looks like we’ve got a squad!”

That day, the “squad” was born, even though in some ways, it’s earliest roots can be traced back to the start of high school. During freshman year, when one of my friends was diagnosed with diabetes, a group of students from our English class met at Cracker Barrel to support him. At another point, I distinctly remember another friend sharing about a personal experience he was dealing with involving racial prejudice. Yet another time, I expressed some of my fears about the future and one friend promised that no matter what, we’d always be friends and when he has kids, I get the honorary title of being “Aunt Courtney”. We’ve all walked through some big problems together, but our friendship has always proved to be bigger.

Our “squad” is about as diverse as any friend group can be, with a mix of personalities, interests, and dreams, but we share a common friendship and we were brought together according to God’s plan. I have also been blessed to make friends through the blogging world, and have met people from other states and countries—even places as far as Nigeria!

In the Bible, Jesus models friendship through his relationships with his disciples and fellow-sojourners. Meanwhile David and Jonathan, along with Ruth and Naomi show what it means to have a strong unbreakable friendship.

I have been blessed with friends like this, and I pray God continues to work in our friendships, drawing us each closer to Him through our relationships with each other. Throughout our life here, we are given many wonderful gifts from above and I believe that one of the greatest gifts is the relationships that we have with one another, as well as our friendship with our Heavenly Father. In Christ, we always have the assurance of friendship, and a family who will be by our side for all eternity.

Jesus calls us to be a family— an eternal “squad” that will never fade away.

Can I get an amen?

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Separation from God


​In order for Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross to be valid, He had to experience the full extent of suffering for the sins of all mankind. This meant being  completely separated from God. To be separated from God is to be separated from all that is good. “Everything good comes from God. Every perfect gift is from him…” James 1:17
Jesus, by suffering the consequences of the sins of humanity, despite living a blameless sinless life, became the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. No other person or deed  could have covered the cost. He took our damnation and turned it into salvation and the most amazing part of it all is that it is a free gift to each of us. “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10
God is love, and He has shown us that, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13
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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!

 

 

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 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?

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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

Range

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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)!!!

 

Lets pray for one another

Power is prayer, I am ready **Please Read ** Prayer Is Power!! I felt led to share this invitation again. I want to pray for you and support you. Our fellowship and support gives us such strength and encouragement. https://rawdiscipleblog.wordpress.com/prayer-requests/ You don’t know me and I don’t know you. If you are a Christian brother […]

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My brother in Christ Justin has been inviting people to allow him to pray for them and I believe it to be an amazing Idea! Below is a contact form none of your information will be shared or taken advantage of. Leave your name, email, address, website, a comment or all of the above and I will send a prayer your way that you can openly read yourself. Praying for one another is a beautiful thing and I would love to help!