May 14, 2012 Comments Off on What Could Be
For so many of us, we want to be a healer- want to feel important to someone. For so many of us, we want to step into someones life that we care so much about and fix their problems because we want them to be happy. For so many of us, we end up ruining what could be by being what we shouldn’t be- a fixer.
God has not created you to occupy the place of healing in someones heart that was only meant for Him. Why? Because unfortunately you can’t. There is only one name in Heaven and on Earth with power to save, power to forgive, power to heal, and His name is Jesus.
We ruin our relationships by trying to be the healer, the fixer, and end up making matters worse because once we get to a certain point we realize we can’t fix them.
It is our duty to stop talking and start praying for that issue. Stepping into the area of someones heart that is only meant for God may work for a season, but will leave your relationship in shambles before too long because you cannot fulfill the healing source that God can.
As hard as this may seem, you have to let go and let God take over of the one you care about so much because He is the beginning and the end, the alpha and omega.
Sometimes silence in these situations means we care more than speaking up because we have to give the issue to God to heal them, for God to protect them, and to work out His plan in their life- no matter how much we want to intervene.
I can’t fix your issue, but I want to be there every step of the way and walk with you through it.
January 26, 2012 Comments Off on Where’s Your Meaning?
Meaning (noun): to have an intended purpose.
We are plagued by our past, we are shaken by our decision, but most of all we are afraid to let go of them. Before we know it, they have overcome us and it seems that there is no way out, and shame sets in day by day. We want to know “why”, but we can’t find any meaning in our situation. We are stuck with our past mistakes. For it seems that:
the past is worse than it was and we think of the future worse than it really is.
Enter the Samaritan woman (John 4:1-26). She finds herself in a terrible situation; confronted in a 1 on 1 situation with someone of a different ethnicity that is known far and wide to be more superior. To make it worse, Jesus ask’s her to give Him water. Perplexed, the woman asks why He would ask someone of far lesser class to give him water (it was believed that it would have defiled the water if a Samaritan woman gave a Jew water).
See, Jesus cares about every single one of us. According to the bible, we are all children of God once we believe in God. We are all children, we all have meaning to Jesus. We are all equal in Gods eyes, yet we still are afraid of our past. Our meaning is soon to be believed that we are worthless and forever slaves of our flesh and addictions.
Picking up where we left off, Jesus tells the woman that if she knew who He was, it would be she that would ask Him for water because the water Jesus offers her is eternal life. But here’s the best part of the whole story: Jesus already knows who she is, what she’s done, and the sins she has committed.
16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” 17 “I have no husband,” she replied Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”
Jesus knows where we’ve been. Jesus knows that we are filthy, dirty, sinners even when we think we can hide it. Sometimes, when God reveals an opportunity or His presence in our life we feel unworthy because we feel like we have no meaning and we feel the need to try to hide who we think we truly are. But the Bible tells us that we have all fallen short of the glory of God and that God knows our yesterday, today, and tomorrow’s faults. God loves not because of who we are, but because of who God is.
What once seemed to be worse than it really is, Jesus makes: the past forgiven for what it was and the future brighter than it is, through His ultimate sacrifice on the cross.
October 5, 2011 Comments Off on Why Sex?
Research shows that every 39 minutes, a new pornographic movie is made. Every second $3,075 dollars is spent on pornography. With a mind blowing worldwide revenue of $97.06 billion in 2006. The iraq war is costing us on average of $9 billion per month, meaning we can go to war for 10 months and still have $7.06 billion left over with the amount of money we spent on porn in 2006. Oh and just a side note, the statistics show that women are just as active as men in buying porn.
Why? Why is so much money spent? Why is sexual pleasure such a sought after thing?
Sex was created to create life, to bond 1 man and 1 woman together through marriage – never to be the top grossing industry for anyone to see and find pleasure in. Demographic statistics show that the most popular segment in age is 18 and younger.
Man and woman were created to co-exist, to enjoy each others company- read Genesis. Sin entered the world and became attractive to Eve because the devil made her believe that God would never find out, that God didn’t know what was best for her.
Sin has a viscous cycle of taking your interest in something and turning it into your slave. Sin encapsulates and destroys your heart and your mind, leaving you with degraded thoughts and feelings about yourself. God does know what’s best for us because He was the one that created us. We believe that God doesn’t want us to enjoy our life, to enjoy pleasure – which is totally false, God wants us to enjoy the pleasure of finding love, belonging, and purpose in Him. Not ourselves.
If this is you today, you do not have to be a slave for any longer. God has the power to forgive and purify your mind, but it cannot be simply fixed through just prayer. Sexual sin is more than repentance, it takes outward changes to fix the inward disease inside you, known as sexual sin. Find an accountability partner, someone that you can be transparent with!
This is an epidemic and if my generation doesn’t put a stop to this, we are going to go into poverty over sex. It’s far time for a generation to rise up that is willing to put a stop to this, to give a solution to this sexual slavery. The root of the problem isn’t so much that sex feels good, but that it creates a sense of belonging for the participant. Sin has the power to strip you of joy, to become an infectious disease in your life and grow into an addiction and slave driver – controlling your thoughts and actions.
As human beings we long to belong to something, we long to be feel accepted and apart of more than ourselves. We long to feel special, that someone actually cares about us and finds something about us attractive. If this is you today, choose to belong to God. God will never take advantage of you, nor will He take away your happiness, but will reimburse you with an eternal joy and belonging in Heaven. It’s never too late to come to God, nor is there a sin too great to repent of or ask forgiveness for.
“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.” -1 Corinthians 10:13
August 9, 2011 Comments Off on Restore Me
40 A man with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. “If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean,” he said. 41 Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said.“Be healed!” 42 Instantly the leprosy disappeared, and the man was healed. -Mark 1:40-42
Sometimes we lose things in life: our health, sense of direction, purity, purpose, self identity, job, relationship, or many other important things.
Have you ever experienced a time in your life when you felt like you lost something that you could never get back?
For the man in Mark 1:40-42, it was his health. He was a lepper. An incurable disease at the time that their society would make them live on the streets in hopes of not getting everyone else sick. Have you felt like this?
That you have lost something so big that everyone else around you has cast you out? Maybe it was your family, your best friends, or distant relatives because they didn’t want anything to do with you?
Maybe it was your purity. You feel like no other guy or girl will ever want to be with you because you ruined the one thing you were supposed to keep for marriage. You feel like they would never want to date you once they found out your true secret. You feel like “the one” is never going to come because you’ve made a tremendous mistake…
Maybe you’ve lost your self worth or identity. You’ve been living life these past few years and every time you look in the mirror you don’t know who you see anymore. You’re a totally different person and you used to be loved by so many people, but now it feels like you can’t even find someone to be around when Friday night rolls around.
Jesus doesn’t care what you’ve done or what other people thinks about you. Jesus wants to restore what you’ve lost, He wants to forgive you of your past and heal you with one small touch. Because what Jesus can accomplish with the smallest touch, we can never accomplish in ten lifetimes of good deeds.
We waste our time away trying to ask God for forgiveness, burrowing our head in sorrow, shame, and guilt of what we’ve done. But here’s the thing: God has already forgiven you, He is wanting you to esteem the true reality of what He sent His Son to do on the cross for you.
July 19, 2011 Comments Off on Right//Wrong Thing
So here’s a little story: This past weekend I was driving a close friend to Atlanta, while we were driving we were listening to music. I knew there was a bad word coming up in the song, so I turned down the song, but ended up blurting out the very word when the time came because I was thinking about the lyrics so hard to know when to turn it back up.
Have you ever had a time when you were trying to do the right thing, but all you were thinking about was not doing that very thing. And because of concentrating all your attention on avoiding that action, you actually ended up doing it because you were so focused on it?
So often times all we think about in life is trying to do the right thing, trying to never mess up. However, it will never be about what you’re going to do, but what has been done for you. We negate the idea that it’s about the heart of doing things- not the actual action itself.
Life isn’t about doing good things for poor people…
It’s more than that.
I think so often times we tend to give up on God once we mess something up because we think that God doesn’t want anything to do with us. We believe just because we lost our purity, accumulated significant death, have poor health, or didn’t get the high paying job that God doesn’t want anything to do with us because that’s what the world is tell you. Read this verse: Luke 17:12-14 “Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.”
These lepers were deemed as dirty, useless human beings by their society. Having no worth and no purpose, which caused them to stand far away from everyone else. Yet, Jesus still wanted to heal them. Jesus still wanted to make something of them and give them new life!
Over and over, we try to do the right thing but it always seems to turn out wrong. You feel like you can’t ever do anything right, but God isn’t pushing you away. In fact, He wants to bare your burdens for you and take on your sickness because He is capable and a loving God. No matter how messed up, bad, or sick you think you may be; no matter how many of your friends are pushing you away, God wants you. He wants you to come as you, He wants to heal you today and give you joy for tomorrow. Believe and receive Jesus.
“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.” Psalm 103:8