If you have any questions about Christianity, morality, or a situation you are going through, don’t hesitate to ask me!
I’ll try to help to the best of my ability.
I’ll try to help to the best of my ability.
Read this slow. Take it all in.
Picture everything in it
Take a long time…
Think of everything and everyone you ever want to see
Think of all the dreams you have ever had of this blissful eternity
Recall all of the wandering thoughts and hopeful expectations you have had in the past….
Take a deep breath, breathe out..
Did you think of Jesus?
He lets you live.
How Christians post photos or texts like this:
“Just spending time with the Lord!”
“Worshipping God right now!”
“Doing a tumblr/facebook fast!”
“Reading the Bible!”
You get the idea. It absolutely does not bother me when someone personally tells me they did any of those things. It also doesn’t bother me if someone publicly shares an experience or something they learned concerning those things. What bothers me is how people try to turn this into glamour.
You spent time with God and wanted the whole world to know? What did you want us to do? Clap for you?
And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. - Matthew 6:5-6
I know I’m sounding harsh, but it really does bother me.There is no reverence for worshipping, serving, or spending time with God. Next time, keep it between you and the Lord. Keep it behind closed doors. If you want to share something that you think will benefit others, that is totally okay and I will always encourage that. But don’t parade your God as if He is yours to show off. Humble yourself.
Then I see your face
I know I’m finally yours
I find everything I thought I lost before
You call my name
I come to you in pieces
So you can make me whole
Jesus, be my treasure
To know you is to live
I’m dying trying everything there is
Read the Bible and do what it says.
Anonymous asked: Is smoking cigs/weed a stumbling block to getting closer with Christ and/or interrupt with the dwelling of the holy spirit?
I appreciate your question!
Both are a distraction away from Christ. Here’s how:
You smoke weed/cigs in order to get your high. They relax you. They make you feel good. Then, you’re stressed out about something, so you smoke to relax. Then, you become psychologically addicted. You depend less on Jesus and more on feeling good to get rid of the pain. Only there is one problem. There is not a single drug that will take away the pain. It is just a distraction. So you start doing it more and more because it makes you forget some of the pain. Jesus slowly becomes smaller and less important. You’re still stressed out, and no matter how much you smoke, that won’t change. Anything can be psychologically addicting, but drugs are highly more addicting because they mess directly with your mind and body.
Or you might ask if it is still wrong if it is for fun. But then I will have to return the question in this way: You’re setting these things on fire and breathing it into your body. When this happens, it alters your state of mind and unsobers you. You’re not using your body to glorify God any more. You are using your body to satisfy what your body wants.
This is a great question for you to ask! Although, there is a much more important and personal question that I want you to ask instead:
How can I get closer to Jesus, and is smoking distracting me? If the answer is yes, then by all means stop. If the answer is “I don’t know,” then by all means stop. Yet, if the answer is no, let’s see how long that will last.
I wrote another post about this with a more Scripture-based argument. Feel free to add in “cigarettes” whenever the word marijuana pops up. Here it is:
Just remember to search your heart and see what is the wisest decision you can make! Something doesn’t have to be sin in order for it to be unwise. As Pastor Mark Driscoll used to say: “Some things are not sin, they’re just stupid. It’s not a sin to eat a lawn mower, it’s just stupid!”
So just really ask yourself this: Is this wise or unwise? Find out exactly why you want to smoke and if you should really be focusing those desires on Jesus. Because if you find yourself wanting to smoke instead of going to Jesus, you are going to be in deep waters.
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” - Matthew 10:28-30
Jesus said that, not drugs.
I hope I was of help! Please message me again if you disagree, have something to add, or if you want to ask another question! I appreciate it, and I’m praying for you!
God bless and much love!
Anonymous asked: I tried for the longest time to be one with the church. I tried so hard to feel the way everyone else felt. Praise and worship I saw faces of pure joy, everyone looked so breath taken by the feeling that they had been given to them in that very point in time. But here I am, not feeling a thing but the sadness I walked in with. When I called on a paster to be he scolded me which made me turn my back from even the thought of Church….I just need something to cure my pain. Is church for me?
If what you say is true, then it is no wonder that you turned away from even the thought of church! That isn’t church at all. Church isn’t about how we feel and what we feel, it’s about the gathering of people who love Jesus to read Scripture and worship God. But to answer your question specifically: Church won’t cure your pain; Jesus will. Now for my lengthy footnote…
This doesn’t mean that you will be happy all of the time. Jesus isn’t some magic drug that you take twice a day to keep the tears away. Worship isn’t some happy time either. Did you know that God gets sad? Did you know that He weeps, and His heart can be broken? This is why we experience sadness, anger, happiness, etc.
You may have been told that there are good and bad emotions. I want you to know that idea is a lie. Emotions are neutral; it just depends on what you do with them. A couple of examples: If you are angry, you don’t need to yell or hit somebody. If you are sad, you don’t need to harm yourself. It is not the emotions that are evil, it is just our responses to them sometimes. There are so many Scripture verses of God being sad or angry, and there are so many Scripture verses of Godly men being sad or angry. So don’t think that Christians are supposed to be happy all of the time, because we’re not. We go through pain. We are human beings, and this world is full of pain and suffering.
Now listen to me very carefully: Jesus knows the pain you are going through, and He wants to help you. From the language that you’ve used, it sounds like you’ve been hurt by a church, but you have not mentioned God at all. So let me ask you this: Could you just try talking to Jesus instead? And telling Him how you feel and everything that you’re going through? I’m not saying you’ll be happy, but He wants to help you!
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28
These are the words of Jesus. He died for you so that you can have a friendship with Him. He was nailed to a cross, suffered there, and died for you. He loves you. He understands pain. He understands what you’re going through. He’s seen you and I do horrible things, even though all He did was love us. He watched us turn our backs on Him and blame Him for things that He didn’t do. And yet He has not moved; He stands in front of you with arms wide open. I’m not asking you to go to church and try to get those happy go-lucky feelings that you may have seen. I’m just asking you to give Jesus a true, sincere chance.
There is a sarcastic video I want to show you. It’s comedic and funny, but just understand the message: It is stupid to believe that Jesus makes you happy all the time and that you will never, ever be sad.
Messy Mondays: IF YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN YOU HAVE TO BE HAPPY ALL THE TIME
I promise you, you and I both struggle emotionally. Everyone does. Some people just hide it behind a fake smile. I’ll tell you this though: Jesus brings true joy to my life. Let me explain. There is fulfillment in accepting the love of God. There is comfort in trusting that He will always take care of you. There is hope in knowing that the suffering in this world won’t last forever. It sure doesn’t make the suffering in this world go away, but you know what? Jesus will change your life forever.
I look forward to hearing from you soon. I’m praying for you.
God bless and much love!