Seeking Joy!

Life, as a Christian, can be described in many ways. For some, it is a journey toward a joyous reunion with your Savior. For others, especially those who don’t want to believe in Jesus as their Savior, it represents a drab and dull existence that they have no intention of getting involved in. Have you ever thought of what a joy it is to live with Jesus as your Savior on a daily walk with Him? Why do I use the word “joy” rather than “happiness”? Because joy is a state of mind that doesn’t require outside stimulation to attain. Happiness is an emotion that is fleeting and never permanent.

The joy of the Lord is my strength” is an expression of joy from the Lord toward His people when they were brought back from captivity and were able to live in their land and worship Him in their Temple again. Why wouldn’t He be joyful? God is joyful every time someone repents and turns to Jesus for their salvation. That is why Jesus said that the angels of God rejoice over one sinner brought to salvation!

God loves every one of us, but He doesn’t love the sinful lives that we lead here on Earth. Until we repent and turn away from our sins and give our hearts to Jesus, we are still lost in our sin. When you feel the Holy Spirit touch your soul and your heart letting you know that you need Him as your Savior, don’t turn away from Him. You may not get another chance and it is during this life that you must choose. There are no second chances after you die. You will stand before Him and give an account of your life and why you didn’t choose to follow Jesus.

After you have given your life to Him and you know that you have salvation in your heart, the joy that you feel will never go away. Every time you think about eternity and your life with Jesus…a smile will come to your face.

Counting down

Life, as we have known it over the past few decades, is soon coming to an end. The first couple of decades of this century has been pretty hectic and enjoyable to a certain extent. Yes, there have been some terrorist bombings and quite a number of shootings but for most of America, this century has been pretty good. We never did win the war on terror but that is because there are no winners in a war that has religion as its driving force. The main point that I am getting to about the “count down” is that everything is going according to God’s plan.

If you have read Matthew 24 or the book of Daniel and some of the first few chapters in Revelation, you can see most of the prophecies coming true to some extent every day in the news. Why do I point this out? Because there are few people in our nation who are paying attention to the comparison between the news and those books of prophecy that I mentioned. We truly are counting down toward an ending that I believe will arrive much sooner than we are ready for.

Are you ready for that day? When the dead in Christ will rise to meet the Lord in the air and those who belong to Him and are still alive will join them. When that happens, the economies of the world will crash. There will be many who will wonder what happened and there will be a few who will still be here that will know exactly what happened. If you believe that we are in a recession now, just wait until many millions disappear without a trace.

Can you be ready for this when it comes? If you give your life to Jesus and follow Him today and for the rest of your life then you will be ready for that day when it arrives. Is there any other way to get ready for the taking away of the church? NO! Belief in Jesus and following Him as your Savior is the only way. Nothing that you try to add to it will make any difference. God has made this easy but so many want to “help” Him with their salvation. There is nothing that we can add to His work that He completed on the cross and in rising from the tomb.

Our efforts are only useful when we have given our hearts to Him and the service that we do after that only adds to our rewards in heaven. We can’t help God save us or to consecrate our lives more by accepting Jesus as our Savior. Reading the Bible, studying it daily so we will know His voice, and washing our minds with the pure water of the Word every day are the ways that we can become mature in our faith and become more like Jesus.

Seek Him in everything that you do. Look for ways to let others know that God loves them and then show it by your actions as well. Be His disciple daily so people will see Him by your words and your actions so they might want the relationship you have with Him.

What are you doing for Him?

What are you doing for Him? Have you ever wondered about your life as a Christian? We usually ask God for our provisions, our needs, and our problems. Do you see the pattern here? We are called by God, prompted by His Holy Spirit to give our hearts and our lives to Him as our sacrifice to Him because of His grace toward us through Jesus’ sacrifice. We are supposed to give because He gave His only Son’s life for you and me. 

Yet we have the audacity to claim Jesus as our Savior and then pray for our selfish desires and our problems without a thought for His requirement of us being His servants and His disciples. And we expect Him to answer our prayers right now! Not next week! How arrogant we are. Can you see what I’m trying to illustrate here?

Your life, as a Christian, should be centered on doing the work that we have been called to do by Jesus. What is that exactly? First and foremost it is being a witness to those around you at home or at work or even in public. Remember, Jesus told His disciples to go and tell others about Him and what HE did for them. That same command is extended to each of us today because people need to know about their Savior. If you and I don’t tell them, how will they know? 

When I was lost, the only reason I went to church was that I had no choice. My mom went to church on Sunday and I had to go with her. I had been in church for as long as I can remember but when I became a teenager is when I began to rebel against my “expectations”. I’m not going into all of the details of my early life but I was a part of a “broken home” as they called them in the 70s. It isn’t uncommon today but back then it was. I didn’t get into drugs much but alcohol and a little “weed” were my friends or so I thought.

When you accept Jesus as your Savior, you are supposed to move away from your old self and follow Him into your new life. I thought I did this for a long time but I kept drinking and smoking for a long time. I was doing things that a born-again person isn’t supposed to do. It wasn’t until I became a father twenty-two years ago that I really began to reach out and seek God for my salvation. I had been baptized a couple of times but all that did was get me wet but I was still lost.

It has taken twenty years of study and seeking God to bring me to a point where I feel comfortable telling others about my Savior. I even served as a “lay-preacher” for almost ten years and there was a lot of growing in Christ that happened during that time as well. What is my point? It is this: If you truly belong to Him, you should be telling others about Him. 

Don’t back up or think they will be offended. Some of them may be but they still need to hear it because you might be the only person who will tell them. God can use your talent to touch those around you and sometimes you are the only person that can get His message to at least one person in particular. It may be someone in your family or someone you work with but they may not listen to anyone else but you and your story. Plant the seed of your story in Christ so that they may decide to turn to Him as well. You may never know if they gave their heart to Jesus until you see them in Heaven but you may be surprised by how many you did influence that you never even spoke to.

Do you know Jesus?

Many people know about Jesus. They’ve heard about Him on TV and they’ve heard about Him in sermons and other venues. The question is “do you KNOW Him and does He know you?” There are many people in the church and outside of any church that has heard of Him and knows the story of His birth and there are many who attend churches thinking that they are saved because of their knowledge of Him.

Satan knows Jesus and he knows Who Jesus is but he won’t serve Him. All of the demons and powers that serve Satan know Who Jesus is but they look at Him as the enemy. If you were to ask people on the street about Jesus, you would get lots of answers or possibly no answer at all. The world around us is very much against the knowledge of Jesus. They don’t mind talking about God but don’t bring up His Son or even claim that He has a Son.

Jesus is THE Son of God and whether you believe it or believe in Him or not that does not change. Seek Him for your salvation and your eternal destination depends on your decision. Choose this day whom you will serve, as for me and my house we will serve the Lord. Joshua said this just before he died in the Promised land and he was telling the Israelites to do the same. But, if you read the book of Joshua, the Israelites only served God as long as the generation that came through the wilderness was alive. Then they began to follow the religions of those who lived around them. A choice is a choice whether you make it or not. Make sure of yours before your time is up.

Put your trust in Him

Trust in the LORD, and do good; So shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; And he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; Trust also in him; And he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, And thy judgment as the noonday. Psalm 37:3‭-‬6 KJV

Grievous Times

1, But know this, that in the last days, grievous times will come.
2, For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3, Without natural affection, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, fierce [strong-willed], no lovers of good, [enjoys being naughty]
4, Traitors, headstrong [rebellion], conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God;
5, Holding a form of godliness, but having denied the power thereof [self-righteousness]. Turn away from these, also.
6, For of these are those who creep into houses, and take captive gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts,
7, Always learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. [Deceivers] (2 Timothy 3:1-7)

A Moral and Spiritual ⠠⠙⠑⠉⠇⠔⠑

The above passage of Scripture serves to testify of the current state of this world. This is especially prevalent for my generation. As a young adult who is preparing for her final year of high school, and as a former Vice President of a Christian club in a diverse campus, morality has become a taboo issue that desperately needs attention.

Many teenagers are being taught the value of unlimited autumnity at the expense of setting a morally sound value system, and examining the conscience. This is a form of independence that leads to rebellion and arrogance.

Seniors who are getting ready to graduate often are a perfect target to this epidemic. As many reach college, many drop out of church, forsake youth groups, and, in some situations, depart from the faith altogether. I have heard of many young teenagers who used to be devoted to Jesus who later experimented with Ouija Boards and tarot cards, and dived headfirst into the Church of Satan and other “dark” practices. Worse, they believe it’s merely a classic “3 AM challenge”.

Some have even sought to outright rebel against their parents, and provoke their teachers. Today, detentions and white slips no longer faze anyone, and the threat of being grounded seems to have been outdated and perceived as an ancient practice from the 90s. The worst punishment you could expect for teenagers who exhibit such behavior is having their gaming system taken away, but even then, they can still sneak it under the covers. Or at the max, having to attend the dreaded parent meeting where the dean ends in a discussion of “counseling and comforting” rather than actual consequences that teach them to exemplify the traits of God.

Lastly, because everyone delights in their sin, and they make vain promises like “I will change, I will change”, we have become an easy target for Satan– Being thrown around by the wind of strange doctrines, and being fed with nothing but sugar-daddy sermons that make us feel good and “lighten up the mood”. If you want to spirituably “feed” today’s church, there are three words you cannot say: Hell, Sin, and Satan.

We Need To Do Better

If we seriously are committed to walking as children of the light, we need to accept the reality that God has set some firm expectations for each of us. If we know right from wrong, and we claim to be a worker for Jesus Christ, we have absolutely no excuse for our inability to live as an example for the world: That will not be swayed nor compromise to every wind or curveball that is thrown at us. Satan is not afraid of the fact that we are Christians. Satan is afraid of Christians who LIVE as they claim, and will not be afraid to share the painful realities of the Gospel. It takes courage to tell your thirteen-year-old that Satan is a very real entity who wants you to perish in the Lake of Fire, and will destroy you through every means necessary. It’s a very bitter cup to drink and digest. Hidden within the bitter truth is the sweet aroma of salvation and the key to the Promised Land: Jesus Christ, and His shed blood on the cross for the sins of humanity.

It’s time to teach our young men and women to reverence and fear God, and love Him and His precious creation.

God has blessed me, a 17-year-old blind young girl, with the sacred privilege of writing on this blog– Not to just be a spectator who preaches the sweet candy of “comfortable living”, but to show the world, through my living testimony, who Satan is. I am not here to “dig for Satan” as many will perceive. I am here on this page to bring others OUT of the chains of Satan– by exposing his plans, and bringing others to the saving grace of Jesus through the spirit of encouragement, compassion, and fiery boldness. Here’s a question to prayerfully reflect on today as I close this presentation.

Are we truly willing to take the leap of faith, and remain a threat to Satan?