Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Jeremiah 29:13

I am still working on researching and getting stuff together in preparation for my postings coming up about the last hours of Christ's life. I will probably be writing about that that week of Good Friday. - So in a few weeks, but I cannot express the excitement I have for it. I truly believe that we really should know the hours before Christ died and what he went through, after all he was human...

A verse has crossed my mind and I feel like I need to maybe share and bring it to attention...

Jeremiah 29:13:
13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

God has great plans for us.... all of us, not just some of us, not just the rich, not just the nice, no certain people... everyone. He wants to bless us in everything and lift us up in this world. -- BUT... He wants us to SEEK HIM... not only SEEK HIS BLESSINGS...
I feel like so many people seek out the blessings... and not seek out God.They want to be blessed, but they dont want to be close to the one who does the blessings...
We are to draw CLOSE to God... The One who blesses us! When we seek Him with all of our heart he will promise to reveal himself to us, and he will bless us.

We are to seek him with our WHOLE heart, not just part of it.
Many people are hesitant on drawing close to God because they dont know what to expect, or maybe out of fear, but we should not fear to draw close to him, but instead just jump in, get close with him, after all, He is the one that is ALWAYS there for you no matter what. He is the one that holds your plans in his hands... why not get close with him?

Seek Him with your whole heart... and you will find him.

Jeremiah 29:13:
13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Coming Soon....

Jesus Cross
I wanted to prepare you - In the coming weeks as we are approaching Good friday - I will be taking a deeper look into the last hours of Christ's life. Some of the stuff that I will be writing about will be intense. Its not your average childrens sunday school lesson - this will be an in depth look at what Christ went through, physically, mentally and emotionally. Most of my information will be coming from Dawson McAllister. Some information will be coming from a Planet Wisdom conference that I went to. I will be breaking it up so that way its not so much information at a time. I'll also be putting it up prior to Good Friday for two reasons, one being that way we can focus our time on Good Friday for the pain and suffering that Christ sacrificed for us. and I will also be out of town, and will be difficult for me to post that weekend.
please stay posted for it, I havent decided when I will start it or anything like that, just know that it will be coming, and wanted to let you know, that it will be deep. (when i have taught this in the past, it can be difficult to listen to, especially if you have a weak stomach.) but this is very real. I think as Christians it is important for us to realize of the extent that Christ suffered for us.
Thank you very much, and stay tuned in the coming weeks.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Romans 12:2

As I was reading through Romans a tad, I think I'll eventually do like a little "Romans Series." But for right now, I am just going to focus on one verse...

Romans 12:2
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

This verse has stuck with me for many years, in high school we went to a youth conference with my church youth group,( Planet Wisdom) and this verse was the theme of the conference.( i wish i could remember what exactly they said to us / or had the booklet they handed out.

Remember how in my first post I told you I'd be telling you different words that have come to me over the years?- This post is about "Renew" (your mind)

Many people start out with such a passion for Christ and just a heart for God, then something happens, it fades away, why?
Why not keep up the passion?
What happened to your faith?

Let me guess... being sucked in to the ways of the world?... in some way or another?

We ALL are sinners. yep, even Miss Goody-Two-Shoes... Shes a sinner. But we ALL are saved by HIS Grace.. Yes, of course Miss Goody-Two Shoes, but everyone is. Even if you think "i've sinned so much that I don't think God will accept me...".. yep, He sure will... he accepts all sinners, just gotta tell him that you've messed up, but that you believe in Jesus, and that Jesus died for your sins...."

Back to renewing  your mind...
We've got 2 choices...
We can either live according to the Spirit, or live according to this world...

Looking at the first part of the verse "Do not conform to the pattern of this world"-- Which way SHOULD we live?

As I type that, "DO NOT conform to the pattern of this world..."--- yep, its saying to NOT do it... people do it though. Its not saying, eh, you can conform to the world on occassion, or anything, nope, not at all.

There must be a conscious decison made to renew your mind which will transform your life. There may be some sacrifices to be made to live a Holy Pleasing life for God.

You may need to ask yourself "what is the difference between the patterns of this world and a living sacrifice..."
you may need to evaluate your life to determine what you need to get rid of in your life that is hindering you to renew your mind and have a life according to God.

Why do people want to be consumed by this world, when our destination  is not here on Earth. All this stuff and just worthless stuff is just temporary... it wont go with you when you leave earth,( some of the stuff is a lot more temporary than other stuff...)

Sure people who are Christians have tough times. Just because you believe in God, doesn't mean that tough times wont come... and Satan will tempt you to things of this world. Satan knows how to lure people in, and to get sucked back into worldly things...
Its up to you to just say "no" and make that decision that you are going to live your life for Christ.

What you feed your eyes, ears, mouth, mind with will be houw you live...
Some people live one way, act another.
At some point though, what you do/think behind the scenes will eventually come out... what you fill yourself with is what you will produce.. 
If you do fill your eyes, ears mouth, mind with filth, then thats all that will come out, filth.
If you fill your eyes, ears, mouth, mind with goodness, then all that will come out, goodness....

When you consciously renew your mind, its a constat process which will lead to a transformation, from being worldly to being Christlike.
We no longer think like one who doesnt believe, no longer feed on things of this worldthat we used to be, instead focus on things  that build you up, strenghtn your faith, encourage others  to do the same.
Once we clear out the "weeds" and we focus on God then we are able to see wht God has in store for our lives. You have to have a spiritual Mind to know, you must feed your mind and soul of spiritual feed....

While reading this you just may be just reading... Im going to give you some suggestions on actually how to follow through. and how to renew your mind.

Theres not an automatic fix... you'll have to train yourself...

1) you must consciously give your life to Christ... Every day. nope not just every few days or just when you think about it... when you wake up,  commit your life to him even say it out loud "Jesus, I'll live for you today."

2) Daily prayer and Bible reading. - To know the will of GOd and be transformed. - It will require a disclipline to sit down and pray and read the Bible. As I've told the Youth group before, you dont need 5 hours to do this, (unless if God's calling you to do this...) but seriously just take a few minutes, pray. (for people you know who need prayers, specifically, generally, whatever...) Spend some time in scripture... It takes time and requires determnation... all things take time, but make this a priority.

3) Have an "accountability partner"- someone where you trust and relate to and hold you to your prayer and bible reading.

4) Feed your mind with the things that are wholesome. Yep, you'll have to disciline yourself over what you watch, read, listen to and everything.

Romans 12:2
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.