Do you happen to know someone who gets offended really easily or upset or irritated when you correct them? Are you that person? Or maybe your like me and feel threatened or taken aback when people can't accept constructive criticism.
This verse relates to our lives everyday because we are constantly communicating with different people. This verse has to do with communication. It is spot on. You can't always control what people say but you can accept that everyone is unique and has their differences. And that's okay! We must deal with what we are given and do it with pride. God wants to shine through you.
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.
– Proverbs 12:1 (NIV)
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org, Author of Making Sense of the BibleThe test of true humility is how people respond to correction. Do we constantly blame our surroundings or others for our situation in life? At one time that may have been the reality, but if we are honest we keep doing things that reinforce our bad decisions. That is why we need others who love us enough to correct us. Breakthrough is never done in isolation; it happens when we are bold enough to let others tell us the truth about our circumstances and ourselves.
So I started reading the Bible and my plan is to read the whole thing. Yes it will take some time but I have some good news. The first book is complete! Hooray! And I'd like to share A FEW of my FAVORITE verses from this book:
Genesis 1: 29. And God said, Behold, I have given you every HERB bearing SEED, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every TREE, in the which is the FRUIT of a tree yielding seed; to you it SHALL BE FOR MEAT. 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every GREEN HERB FOR MEAT: and it was so.
This is the book which contains the story of Noah’s Ark. God flooded the world and saved a few good souls in Noah’s Ark. The world was flooded for 150 days but everyone on the Ark survived. Animals, people, birds, etc. God told Noah to multiply what he had and many sons and families came from Noah’s Ark, and it was his son’s that created the different nations upon our Earth and that is how our nations became divided.
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Walking In the Light 1.21.2018
This week my pastor used Photosynthesis as a way to describe how plants need light in order to survive and live. He met with a science teacher to help him clarify the true meaning of Photosynthesis but I won't get into detail about that. He just used it as an example for how we need God in our lives to survive. When we walk in darkness we fail. We sink. And I personally have my own experience of this, which I why I turned to God this past year in 2017 because I felt my life wasn't going where I wanted it to be going. I'll admit that I did loose sight of him in my teens up into my twenties. I am now 34 and feeling more blessed then ever because I know he never left me, he was waiting for me to come to him.
My relationships were not satisfying me, I wasn't getting what I hoped for. And that goes for a majority my relationships. My past boyfriends and even some of my friendships. The main reason for this was because I'm a giver, but I wasn't getting anything in return. I felt taken advantaged of. My mom was a giver and that's where I picked up the trait. For anyone who is like this it's heartbreaking. I was giving men the chance thinking maybe this one will be the one. After a few relationships I needed answers, I needed guidance, I was getting worn down. Giving someone a chance was the wrong thinking for me. I was lost and I was walking in darkness. I am now surrounded by the light (the Lord) and I feel renewed. Jesus saved me. I had to make a change so I changed to bring Jesus in my life for good. He's never leaving me again! He's all the man that I need. So below is the scripture my pastor used for his sermon this past week.
IJohn Chapter 1:5-10: This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
So after reading this passage and back to my personal experience. Did Jesus ever give in to people? Was he that nice to give everyone a chance? The truth is NO. I lied to myself and I lied to him. I was not in the Light. We are ALL born sinners. No one that is here has not sinned before. Whether we cheated on our tests in high school, college, we made fun of someone, we lied on our taxes, we called into work saying we were sick and we weren't, we lied to our significant other, we told them things and never followed through, we made ourselves look good but in no way magnified the Light... we have ALL sinned. And it's important to confess our sins because that is why Jesus died on the cross. For our Sins. He died for our sins and when we confess them and pray for one another, God forgives us of our sin and renews our soul.
I'll admit, I haven't confessed in YEARS! It's been years! But I've confessed this past weekend and I'm still remembering some that I forgot to tell him. It's important we think about what we have done and actually say it aloud and ask for forgiveness. That's what Jesus was brought on Earth for. God sent his only son to die for us. Now who else would do that?
Ephesians Chapter 5: 8-9: For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
Some may say one thing but do another, they are lying, therefore they do no tell the truth. BEWARE OF THOSE PEOPLE! There is No Growth, No Fruit, and No Life. The truth is not in them. Gods word is not in them, they may claim that it is but it IS not. They are calling God a liar by saying they didn't do anything wrong. We ALL Sin. Those who seek Gods forgiveness with be given eternal life.
My pastor then used his sons archery skills as an example of life. We miss the mark. We are not perfect in life and Light, we miss the mark. Sometimes we fall short of Gods life. When we confess we are agreeing with God that we missed the mark. God has provided a way for US to clean us of our sins, by confessing. The OLD YOU ===>> Becomes the NEW YOU.
Jesus in light, there is no darkness in the soul and human spirit.
I,II,III John and James
This year at my church, our pastor has organized a yearly message called "Walking With Jesus." Every Sunday will be a lesson that we will learn to understand what it truly means to walk with Jesus. The beginning of last year, 2017, I began to understand and follow the word of the Lord. I needed guidance and I needed to believe he was truly there at my side. I wanted his love to surround me and protect me. Protect me from life's roadblocks. As I got older more things started happening, family members and friends were passing away, family dynamics started changing, relationships weren't working out, and even friendships were questionable. From then I began to question everything about my life. So I came to God for help. And I want to share with you the first lesson towards this years organized message. Walking With Jesus.
Authentic Christians 1.7.2018
My pastor gave this scenario. As you walk with your other half we want to walk side-by-side with each other. We want to constantly have that open communication where we can see each other, possibly touch each other (hold hands, to share our intimate connection), hear each other, we will be able to know each others emotions on a more intimate level by walking side-by-side, not in front-not behind, we can see each others expressions and body language. When one person walks ahead or falls behind, the communication cuts off. We are now getting ahead of ourselves, the other is falling behind, or perhaps wondering why you're walking so fast. What is the real problem here? The communication has stopped. So the same goes for walking with Jesus. We want to be authentic Christians, and by doing that we should be magnifying the Lord with our lives.
1John chapter 2: 4-6: He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whose keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected, hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
I used to read the bible before but not really understand it's true meaning, and that's what I love about my pastor. He helps me to understand. Another way to look at this is, if we are truly going to be authentic Christians, then we are to magnify the Lord within our lives, and be the same person outside of church as we are inside of church. Do you only dress to impress for the Lord but not for another person? Are you magnifying the Lord from within or are you just putting up a front when you're at church? When we are at home we should be the same person we are when we are at church. Another point to make is do you love your work? Do you love your job? Do you love your house? Your material things and take pride in where you have come? Your physique or someone else physique? Because this is the WORLD itself, this is NOT the Lord. These are things that came after the Lord.
Verse 16-18: 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 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. Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. **
Another point to make is, if we are going to be authentic then we must NOT let sin destroy our true selves. Authentic Christians will NOT allow the dust and dirt of our sins to penetrate our hearts and souls. God brought his only son down to die on the cross for OUR sins! Do not let this change you as a person! God has already forgiven you, your sins were forgiven when Jesus, his ONLY SON, was tortured for You. Forgive yourself already!! Walk with Jesus side-by-side. Love each other in your actions and your words. Don't be phony and don't be fake. We all know people who say they believe in God but they are not walking with him. God wants us to be ambitious, he wants us to love each other, and take pride in Jesus and what he has done for us. The devil creates fake phony, people who take pride in themselves and magnify themselves, but not God.
**The Following Sunday 1.14.2018
One thing I have learned is that IJohn was written about 50 years later then John. John originally wrote his gospel 50 years before when he walked with Jesus for THREE years. He was there during his teachings and during his time on Earth. He witnessed the miracles and he witnessed how Jesus was IN FACT God. He was the last apostle to die at age 104 of natural causes. He wrote IJohn because 50 years later, after original John was written, other knowledge and Antichrist teachings were in the world, trying to dissuade the real truth of Jesus, to make Christians believe there was something else more meaningful and powerful. So this is when John felt compelled to write again. (The New Testament)
New Knowledge was accepted during this later time on earth, these men have gained a new knowledge that made them believe God did not create this world, because it was physical, therefore it was matter. They considered themselves an 'Elite' group with no concern for others. Science should be meant for education, it IS NOT how the world was created. Science does try to discover how our world was created by using knowledge and scientific evidence. So even way back then other teachings were accepted, but John felt compelled to write again. He was 100% witness because he was there. He heard, seen, and touched the word of life. Everything he said is consistent with the past, nothing ever changed. He never lied about his past writings or changed his point of view, he had no motivation for himself but to teach others, and share to the world, the word of life, therefore he was a REAL witness.
So with all this said we are to have Fellowship with each other. Walk with each other and share our lives together because that is what Jesus did. IJohn only has five chapters and if you want to bring all this together you can read the first four chapters but since you're already going to read four you mind as well read the 5th chapter too. lol Enjoy! Any comments are different points of view are more then welcomed here. Because I love you all!
I read this today out of my Daily devotions book, By Joel Osteen.
If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not away.
AIM FOR KINDNESS - I feel like this relates to today and our world that we are living in. I know we all have experienced bad days, sad days, and life roadblocks. We don't know what other people are going through. Maybe they just lost a loved one, or lost their job or house, whatever the case is, we can make someones day better by showing a little kindness. There was a time when my parents were splitting up and my brother somehow was in control of my mom and told her not to talk to me anymore. I had the police get involved and it was a stressful couple of months. So I liked going to work. Yay work! Looking forward to getting my mind off things..
Someone at work was obviously having a bad day and had no consideration for kindness so HE took it out on me. What happened? You got it.... I cried! I was so sad that I couldn't get mad I just cried. He had no idea what I was going through. See how that works? He was having a bad day and so was I but I got the icing on the cake. I was already hurting inside.
If only he knew.
Life is hard already. But we can change ourselves a little to show kindness towards others. We're all guilty of it but it's important to remind ourselves that kindness goes a long way. I personally feel RESPECT goes with KINDNESS. When we are kind we are respecting the other person. You will make them feel better. Making the world a kinder place.
James 1:19-20: Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God
Wrath = Extreme anger (anger, rage, fury, outrage, spleen, vexation, displeasure, annoyance, irritation - Google Definition
What a great verse. God seems to find the perfect verse for me to read as I'm searching for answers. The clues are the there and this is how he is giving me guidance. I was reading my Dad's index cards with Bible verse on them and this verse was the one that I grabbed. My parents went to Bible study together when they were younger and were learning different verses relating to relationships and marriages.
This verse hits home for me as I can relate and also can related to some people I have close ties with who get angry fairly easily. We don't have to be angry. I've read this verse the other day and now my perceptions about anger have changed. I hope those who reach this verse will be saved from their emotional tension just a bit, because that's what it did for me. In some cases though I feel anger is necessary. This of course all depends on my situation and scenario ... interesting thought.
The Bible has so many verse and we can pretty much find anything in the Bible for whatever we are going through giving us clarity on our choices and our journey through life. I started looking for help. The Bible says God finds those who are in need of help. I was in need. I needed support, I needed direction, and I needed my Faith back. When I felt as though everything was falling apart God was there for me. He's the best and my spirit is lifted so much higher because of him.
I've been reconnecting with my Faith and as I start this new journey I want to share some verses along the way, that really hit home and relate to life itself. So excited. Enjoy.