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Yes I am talking about sex!

Sex is highly, HIGHLY, glorified in this day and age. I guarantee that you have not gone a SINGLE day without seeing it or thinking about it every single day since you were old enough to know anything about it. It was a beautiful thing made by God to be between a man and woman in order to procreate. We were blessed to have it also bring us pleasure and excitement from it. We have definitely take it above and beyond that, and we capitalize off of it, we make it the image, we make it the star. SEX is all anyone cares about now. You cannot have a successful television program or commercial without it being in there in some way anymore. Breast feeding, people hugging each other, and even FOOD has been sexualized. I personally believe that sex has become a form of idolatry. There is pressure on everyone to look sexy, and BE sexy.  Worst of all, there are careers in it. A business that capitalizes off of exploiting women, and men, and in some cases CHILDREN!!!!

Galatians 5:19

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,

We need to understand that this is not ok! I was treated as a sexual object my whole life, from earlier on in life than most people should know about sex. As women, we need to understand that feeling that way, and being treated that way is NOT OK. As men, you need to understand that women are much more than sexual beings.  We also need to understand that anything we put before God is NOT OK!!!! If you are having sex before marriage, you are putting it before God. If you are looking at porn, you are putting it before God. If you masturbate more than you read the word, you are putting it before God. If you watch shows that are sexual in nature and portraying sinful sexual acts, you are putting it before God. It is very simple.

1 Corinthians 3:16 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?

You cannot be a lover of God, and a lover of sexual immorality. YOU CANNOT SERVE TWO MASTERS. I’ve been there and I have felt the pain and the shame that sin causes. I have been there and felt degraded and worth nothing more than my sexual appeal. Only God can free you from your shame if you repent. You may never say it out loud, but there is a pain you receive as a child of God when you break his laws. If you claim to love God, if you claim to follow him, and yet you are being sexually immoral, you will NOT enter the kingdom.

 

1 Corinthians 6:9

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,

Galatians 5:19-21

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Now I have heard from people that “pornography is not wrong because you are not actually having sex with anyone.” I know better however, I know that behind pornography is every work of the flesh. I know what Jesus tells me on this matter as well.

Matthew 5:28

But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

 

So in a world TEEMING with sex and slander around every corner, how do we go on as Christians? How do we resist!?

1 Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

The answer to that was pretty clear cut to me. Be faithful to God, and he will be faithful and provide a way of escape so that you will not yield to temptation. I may sound old fashioned, but I know that I am right. Save yourselves for the marriage bed. If you feel you have already committed sexual immorality, make yourselves new in Christ and do not defile your body again.

2 Corinthians 7:1

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.

1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Marry for love and wait for your wedding night.

Hebrews 13:4

Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.

Devote your love and your time to Jesus, to doing his will. Have a heart for him and all things will be right.

Romans 12:2

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Philippians

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

 

Those who know my background have called me a hypocrite, but you know what? I am not. If I were preaching this 2 years ago, I would have been, but I am living proof that God can change you, God can heal your wounds, your hearts, and your sins. God can make you feel worth something again.

My prayer for you today is that you will be convicted on this, that sex and lust will no longer hold more of you than God himself. that he will guide you away from temptation and into his loving arms. I pray that you will read the word daily and gain new understanding of our God, his love, and his commandments, and that he will give you the spirit to obey them. In Jesus Christs holy name, AMEN,

Addictions and Transformation

The Word Against The World

What is yours?

A few months back, I had quite a few of them! I was addicted to nicotine for about 5 years, I was definitely someone with an addictive personality. I would get glued to pretty much EVERYTHING, from TV shows, to alcohol, to nicotine. I was addicted to food and ate quite a bit more than I should and gained a good 40-50 lbs. I fortunately had the sense, or at least the luck to not be exposed to any of the harder drugs like cocaine or heroin, but if I were around others doing it, I probably would have. I had what some would call NO SELF CONTROL.

Years ago I struggled with sexual addiction. Nearly destroying my marriage God saved me from that, but in my folly, I allowed myself to fall into other patterns of addiction.

It was who I was, I couldn’t help it.

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Death to “self”

There is a lot of controversy about what happens when you are saved after you say the prayer of salvation and become a child of God. Some think you must follow strict religious doctrines, some think its OK to just keep living life the way they were. Some even go back and forth.

Galatians 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

I was “saved” about 5 times in my life, but I didn’t get what it really meant until this past year. I never cared much about my walk with God, but that I did what I wanted and God just kind of “followed” me and I would talk to him when I needed something. Other than that, and the occasional Sunday I would go to church and act like a good girl, I didn’t bother changing the lifestyle I was living, I was happy keeping my “faith” to myself, I didn’t really get worked up about the things of this world that God hates. In fact, I was doing quite a few of those without a care in the world, and this watered down Idea that because I said that prayer, I’m going to heaven anyways. Yeah I was in youth group at church, and I would worship with the rest of them, but all while doing that I was committing fornication with my boyfriend, I was listening to music that slandered our God, and I was using his name in vain, along with many a curse word to boot. I could go on for days and list the sins I committed while I was busy living for myself. I bet you all could identify with most of them yourselves at some point in your lives.

Mark 8:35

For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.

Then God came into the picture and convicted me against almost all of the things that I once loved. He says to me, ” That’s enough Amy, you know this is not my will. Come do my will and I will bless you and your whole family”. My heart shook with many a word and feeling from God as he changed my very NATURE. I still make mistakes, but now when I sin against y father, it breaks my heart and I do whatever it is that I can to not do it again. My heart breaks for what breaks his! Its only something you will feel if you allow it.

Luke 9:23

And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

however, I have seen the power that my obedience to God has brought me. When I was TRULY saved, I died to myself. God took OVER in my life and made it his. Now I have seen blessings overflowing for us. Financially the lord is providing beyond anything we expected. Anything we receive in abundance, we give away. The more we give away, the more we receive in abundance. the cycle is amazing. We obey God, we follow his word, and we make him our one and only priority, and he makes us his children, he spoils us, and helps us become people that can love the world and the world can be drawn into Christ through us. None can get to the father except through the son.

Romans 6:1-23

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. …

Think about it!!!! How could our work be done at that prayer when there are so many out there who need our prayers, guidance, and support. There are Christians who do not read the word every day and do not live as God wants for them! Its up to us to help them change that. This is much bigger than our “self”, this is the kingdom! This is a whole earth full of eternal lives we are talking about. One day, judgment will fall on us and we will have to account for our lives and what we have done with our God given gifts and talents. What have you done for him? what have you done FOR HIM, and for those around you that you love? Christ does command us to love one another more than ourselves.

 

Philippians 2:1-30

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, …

My prayer for you all today is that you will learn to die to yourself, and live for Christ. I pray that his ways will be your ways, and that his words will be your words. I pray that we will all be renewed in spirit daily so that we are less likely to falter, and faster to get back on track when we do. I pray that we will allow God to be our strength and rock during times of trials and sorrow. i pray that we can be an encouragement and blessing to others through our faith and love for Christ. in Jesus name, amen.

Consolation for the busy!

Today I am very very busy!!! I have a Halloween party I am throwing for my kid and my niece and nephews to decorate, bake, and clean for. Then I have to throw together my shopping list for tomorrow, get lunch and dinner ready for my son and husband, then I have to make sure to check on my garden a few times. There is more but bottom line… I hardly even have time to post this…. but when it comes to God, you cant forget to make time!!!!! So here are some verses to get us all through the day on a busy one like today!!! To make sure you make time for God, just turn on an audio bible as you clean or eat. Say a prayer every chance you get! Turn on your local christian music station and sing his praises! Also, check out these verses! I love them!!! Love and blessings to you all!!! Have a great, safe, and fun, and not too spooky Halloween!!!!

I pray you will all make time daily for the lord and I pray that I too will never forget to spend time with him daily. I pray that we will see the fruits of our labor and the work of our hands be brought to reaping fully  what the lord has for us if we do it all in his name. In Jesus name AMEN!!!!

2 Corinthians 4:8-9

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;

Philippians 4:12-13

I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

1 Peter 5:10

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

2 Corinthians 12:9

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Proverbs 3:4-6

So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Romans 8:28

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

James 1:2-4

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

1 Peter 5:8

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

2 Chronicles 15:7

But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.”

Romans 12:2

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

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Love that has no bounds

Have you ever felt a love like that? Completely unconditional, nothing you would or wouldn’t do for someone or something. Nothing in the world could change how you feel?

Generally a love like that is known to be between a mother and her children. As a mother myself I have felt that bond with my child. It is as if he WAS my heart. It seems like no love can compare…. but the love of God is much greater. God loves me more than anyone can comprehend. He loves you just as much. God CREATED love. When you feel it, you know!!!! For what greater love is this, than to give his only BORN SON to save us all from eternal damnation, and all we have to do is LOVE God in return, and have faith in his son Jesus Christ as our savior!!!! That really is it! Even if we don’t take it upon ourselves to be saved by the holy ghost, he still loves you… but to him, you are like the wayward child who wont listen to you or follow your rules. The only thing that has yet to be said, is if YOU love HIM back!!!! When you love God, you gotta love Jesus, and if you love Jesus:

John 14:23-24

23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

It is whether or not YOU choose to love God, and have faith in him and Jesus Christ as our savior. So many times do I hear “well if your God is so loving and great, why would it matter if we believe in him or not? Doesn’t he love us?”

2 Peter 3:9

9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

God does not want us to perish, he wants us to LOVE HIM with NO BOUNDARIES OR EXCEPTIONS. He wants us to obey him and make ready for the day that we will die and go home to be with him. It is man kinds free will that allows us to choose, and it is our STUBBORNNESS that will keep us from inheriting the kingdom of heaven. The lord is waiting on us.

We tend to have this perception of time and understanding of the world we live in. Everything is too soon, or too late. Too hot or too cold. Black or white, night or day. Good things happen to bad people, bad things happen to good people. What we don’t understand is that WE created these extremes. We have made “deadlines” common place, and WE are the ones who allow crooks to walk scot free, and children to be abused and hurt. We have as much power to protect people from those things. Maybe not GODS power, but why would God unveil his great power to a whole group of people who do not believe in him, or care for him.

Think about the story of the plagues of Egypt back in exodus. God exposed himself. He performed miracles of insane power that had every person in Egypt standing in awe of the Hebrew GOD. Even the Egyptians loaded their gold, jewels, and animals onto the carts of the Hebrews as they left!!! You would think that his people would have remained loyal! They did, for a short time. They wandered into the wilderness, and soon their faith grew weak again. They were then yelling at Moses and God and complaining that they would be better off in Egypt than starving in the wilderness. So God then made it RAIN MANNA!!!! They were given so much bread that they were told not to eat or store up leftovers because the next day he would give them more!!! They still stored up leftovers, and that next morning the leftovers had maggots in it because they were told not to save it!!! I wont go into the whole story, but eventually these same folks began building idols and worshiping other Gods.

Now think about what God did for the Hebrews, HIS people who were raised in him, created by him, and were given promises of life and blessings at a time when NO ONE else was. Now think about what most of those same people did for him. They were faithless, and although God had revealed himself to them, they remained faithless, they doubted him, and betrayed him at most given chances. Now that was obviously not ALL Hebrews, but that is what happened with many. Now imagine how much more faithless and doubtful this generation would be. God has revealed himself many times and people don’t even see him when he does!!!! If God were to show himself and come upon the earth and rescue and save everyone, even those who would be faithless and doubtful and cruel given the chance would be sitting in heaven doing what they please, when they please! Now where is the justice in that. Do you not punish your children when they hit you, hurt you, and scorn you? Do you not put them in time out if they were to hit or bite another child? Well why would God allow people to continue to live on richly after death with no repercussion for their actions? Especially after he has made his promise of salvation open to ANYONE who CHOOSES to come to him!!!!!!!!!

Ecclesiastes 12:14

For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.

So here is what I am getting at: God will reveal himself to you if you CHOOSE to believe in him and have faith in him. He loves you no matter what, and to see the lost sheep running around and disobeying his every command causes him to weep, but for those of us who will CHOOSE to obey him, our lives are blessed by him, as are our souls after death. We will be with him forever, and it really is that easy. You love him, and you obey him. Just as you listen to your parents because you love them!!!! It REALLY IS THAT SIMPLE!!!! Don’t expect anything good to happen to you if you refuse to love our God unconditionally even when bad things happen to you…..  Blessings always come after a storm

James 1:12

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

My prayer for you today is that you will understand that Gods love is unconditional, but you can only be SAVED if you love him too. I pray that you do not forget that to love God, and be saved, that no one can get to him except through his son, and our ‘brother’ Christ. I pray that we will all want to follow him and be “Christ-like” in all of our actions. I pray you will have a faith to stand the test of time and that you will love and obey our living GOD with your whole heart, whole mind, and your whole soul. I pray that because of this you will receive blessings that pour out in great measure. I pray that God will justly reward you for your great faith and love for him. In Jesus Christ’s mighty name, AMEN.

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God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity

God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity: Romans 1:18-32

I may offend you, but I love you none the less. We are to be honest with eachother as brothers and sisters in christ so bear with me as I break down a very very important chapter in Romans.

18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

  • Everyone around us, in and out of the church have been supressing truth by wickedness. It is all around! We have been manipulating the bible and its words to mean what we want it to mean, to help us believe what we want to believe and feel good about it. Those who do not call themselves christians, and even some who do will excuse foolishness and impurity by telling us not to judge them, by saying it is none of our buisness. ITS MY LIFE is the worst excuse I have ever seen. I know people personally who have every reason to love, adore, and believe in God, yet they slander him, disobey him, live their lives in sin and glorify it at every turn. Some do this and all the while they call themselves christians. God knows our hearts and he knows what we have put before him. He knows the things we think and the things we say in our drunkenness late into the night.

21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

  • I know those who loved God before, they had every reason to. He had shown his love to them numerous times, saving them, answering their prayers, and keeping them from harm. When push came to shove, he received no glory, no love, no offering. When they were all caught up in life and the happiness they had, they slowly began to believe that this life was theirs, that they accomplished all of it through works, in and of themselves. I was like this once before too. Then they begin to shift focus, and though it may not seem like people today are making graven images, is following a celebrities every move instead of following Gods word not “making graven images”? We have more pictures of ourselves and our children in our homes than we have memorized verses of Gods word. We read “”in touch weekly” and follow our favorite TV series and know it better than we do the next fulfilled prophecy that we were told by GOD himself to watch for. We have thanked our superiors at work, the people who distribute processed food, and our waitresses at the restaurant more than we have thanked our lord and savior, and when “we” do, it is usually a mockery!

24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

  • Am I wrong when I say sex is GLORIFIED in today’s world? You cannot walk through a school yard without seeing at least one YOUNG girl dressed up in the least modest clothes available. Children, yes CHILDREN, like 9-12 are having as much sex as adults. At every mall and on almost every billboard we have engraved images of half naked women and shirtless men for sex appeal. Sex appeal has been everything in this nation. It has made young girls ashamed of who they are and what they look like, it has created a false understanding for boys on how to see women! I would even go as far to say that it has a lot to do with the increased rate of rape and sexual assault in this country and others. Sick people will always do sick things, but those sick things are being made “common place” and even accepted in some places.

26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

  • Threesomes, orgies, having sex with men and women alike, sodomy, open marriages, are these things not accepted? Now here is the most controversial of them all in today world: Homosexuality! Now I am personally close with many homosexual men. Some who no longer allow themselves to live in sin and giving their lives and bodies to God instead. Now I am not here to argue whether or not people who are Gay can help it, I am here to say that men who commit shameful acts with other men have indeed received in themselves penalty for their error. It is inside them, it is a fight, a battle unlike anything a person who is not tempted in that way can understand. I understand this as the reason that a mans life cannot be a normal one if he is born feeling that attraction. I know that it is in their hearts, and God will deal with what is there. However, the bible states clearly that the ACT of having sexual relations with someone of the same sex is against his law, so again, that is between them and God, I will not persecute, but I will not condone.

28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

  • Furthermore, they all no longer feel guilt for what they are doing. The guilt is gone because they have pushed the holy spirit so far away in their sin that they are beyond his whispers. There is still hope, but only when they repent and allow the holy spirit to move in themselves once more. Look at the verse above, and tell me you do not know at least ONE person who lives in sin in these ways? It is all around us! We are close to the end and their stubbornness will be their poison. I urge you, no BEG YOU all who read this to repent, to lead others to God and to repentance, if you love them, and you should, you need to help save them. We are given too much power in Christ for us to waste it by keeping it to ourselves. What are we if not VESSELS of the living God? How are we doing anything for God if we live in shame for being who we are? We are not to shy away from this immorality as if it has over taken the world and there is no help against it… we are to FIGHT it with everything we have!!!! Don’t let go, turn the word of God lose and shamelessly help bring these lost sheep back to God. We are in a day and age where this sin has become so common place that our children will not know better. It is up to us to change that. Don’t give up, don’t quit trying because I love every one of you, and every one of them and I will not stop until I have helped put as many names in the lambs book of life as I can. I will not wait around and let persecution and hatred stop me. Satan has no hold on me and I will pray intensely that if he has a hold on you that it will be broken in JESUS NAME!!! I might not know you, but I love you. I may not see your heart, but I know that I want it to belong to God. Only with your heart where it needs to be can you feel the full pull and strength of Gods love, mercy, and kindness.

 

 

There is hope, a hope only made possible by Jesus Christ who was sent by our living GOD to save our souls from the pain of eternal damnation. GOD WOULD NOT SEE ONE, ONE!!! OF US DIE!!!! It is we who do that to ourselves. He has given us hope after hope, chance after chance, and he HAS revealed himself, and will again. Do not fool yourselves, do yourselves a favor and fall into his arms now, don’t fight it any longer. He loves us, and is storing up our treasures in heaven for the good we do in his name as we speak. What do you have to lose if you choose to follow God is not the question, its what do you Gain if you follow God, and what you lose if you continue to live in sin and not to speak out to those around you who are living in sin. its very simple, what you need to do is pick up your bible, pick up your heart and get on your knees. Repent of your sin and turn from that path. Ask for Jesus to come into your heart and soul and cleanse you from yourself. “Self” is the holy spirits enemy. You cannot love God and live for “self”.  I urge you to eliminate your selfish desires, your worldly understanding, and follow him, love him, trust him, and ALL ELSE will fall into place. you will live a life of meaning and happiness unlike anything you have ever experienced. I promise you, Just let. GO.

 

 

My prayer for you today is that you will be able to let go, to give your all and all to christ. he is the way, the truth and the light and your only way into heaven. I pray you will run from sin and the hold it has on you, I pray for those around you, that they may see your changed soul and they may follow suit and join you in heaven as well. I pray that this message will not pass you by, that it will consume your thoughts so when you see these things you will know to fight them, to run from temptation and fight for all that is GOOD! I pray that this country will repent and abandon its sin and doubt and allow God to return this country to its former glory. I pray you will live out your life with the peace and love of Jesus Christ coursing through you; making you feel the love I want you all to feel and understand. In Jesus mighty name, AMEN.

Again, I love you. I do not condemn you, I LOVE YOU. Just as JESUS LOVES YOU AND GAVE HIS LIFE FOR YOU!!! Never forget that.

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Are you a sheep or a Goat?

Are we saved through works? NO! We are saved by grace so that NONE may boast!!! Does that mean that once we are saved we just get a free ride through life? HECK NO!!!! Ponder this story from the bible:

Matthew 25:31-46

The Sheep and the Goats

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

 

 

This wont be a very long post because this parable says it all!!!!! Would you rather be a sheep or a goat? I know what I would want to be….. Remember, even the smallest act of kindness makes you exalted in Gods eyes. The more you do for the least of these, the more you do for him. He also sees your heart though… so do not give for selfish gain, or hold back because you would rather keep your money for the finer things….. God knows what, when, and why you do what you do,….

When I stand before the lord at the gates of heaven, I hope that he will say “well done”.

John 13:34-35

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

 

God says to love one another as he loved us. He loved us by sacrificing his only son! What are YOU holding back that is TOO important to give to God? What are you keeping from him? He keeps nothing from those who love him, so how are we to love him if we are not willing to give up EVERYTHING for him, and everyone else on this earth.

 

Remember, in the great scheme of things, this life holds NOTHING for us of great value…. this society worships paper money and contracts more than it does the everlasting God who created each and every one of us. So just think about that….. What are you holding back? Why wait any longer? Is it worth it?

Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.