Messy Life, Messy Saint

Cleanliness is next to godliness.”
This is not a verse in the Bible,but we need to give the topic some credit. We also look at disorder in our lives, showing that it produces uncleanness.

Isaiah 1:16 says, “Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;

You can’t wear your favorite shirt every day. When you do, it becomes dirty, dingy(of a dark, dull, or dirty color or aspect; lacking brightness or freshness) and eventually it begins to smell and becomes old and worn out.

I’m sure there is more than one shirt hanging in the closet. Have we thought about trying something different to wear, that’s clean, smells good and not worn out or wrinkled.

It is the same way with our life. If we keep acting, walking, or talking the same way every day, how can our life stay clean?

Romans 12:16 says, “Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.”

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If you keep letting them hang in the closet without ever wearing or noticing them, eventually you’ll get tired of them and throw them away.
I know if I don’t wear something more than a couple of times, I get rid of it.

Yes, I know, we all have that favorite shirt we just love but we can’t wear it every day. We have other articles of clothing to choose from hanging in the closet. Did you know that others notice when we don’t change clothes? They begin to think you are dirty and never bathe.

Point is, this is how we treat God and we often treat people who care about us the same way. Why do we do this? Ask yourself, “Do I forget that God is right there? Do I forget that there are others who care besides that ‘one favorite’”?

1 Thessalonians 5:11 tells us, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”

Yes, Of course. We all have a favorite shirt, but do we wear it every day? Or, do we find something different to wear? There is always going to be something else in that closet to try on.

The Word of God has much to say about how we as Christians should treat one another. I think it is time we are all reminded of how we are to treat one another as fellow believers in Christ Jesus. And remember that we, as His followers, are His ambassadors to the world. Do we bring Him glory through our words and actions, or do we dishonor Him in front of an unbelieving world?

A little nugget I will leave you.

1 Peter 2:1 “Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,”

People watch our lives every day. They see how we are in and out of church. They also see how we treat others. If we are one way in front of the world and another way behind closed doors, are we being Christ-like? Does our actions please God?

God is not pleased with spiritual murder. We tend to kill someone’s spirit by the way we treat others. I can’t think of any greater example of the opposite of human love.

Will we keep wearing the same favorite shirt or will we decide to change it? It’s time we put on a new shirt and throw the old dingy one away.

Pray this prayer: Father, I have to thank You for looking beyond my faults and for loving me unconditionally. Forgive me when I fail to love or treat others in the same way as you do. Give me eyes to see the needs of the difficult people in my life, and show me how to meet those needs in a way that pleases You. Thank you Father for giving me insight and clarity into what it means to have the mind of Christ. I pray you will clean up my heart, deepen my understanding of your truth. Help me to love like you, to respond like you, to submit to your will and endure like you. Teach me how to operate with the mind of Christ that I have received. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

(Read 1 Corinthians 2:6-16)

“BURDEN FOR THE HURTING PEOPLE”

God dropped something in my spirit…

How are we treating people?

Are we showing pure love towards others as the Bible tells us too?

Does our character please God?

Do we carry anger and bitterness in our heart?

Have we been mistreated and pushed aside, so we feel the need to do the same to others?

Are we teaching the younger generation to love, hate and talk about others?

Does being hateful and mean to others make us happy or proud?

Are we hurting others because we was once hurt?

Are we able sleep at night carrying all that bitterness and guilt?

These are just few questions we all need to ask ourselves. Are we who we say we are? Do we hide behind a mask of who we really are?

The Bible says in John 13:34 – “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”

Loving others may be difficult to do at times, I totally get that. But even people we generally like can sometimes be difficult to love. It’s our sinful nature that makes us that way, both ours and the ones we try to love.

In the Bible we read that “Love” covers a multitude of sin. Love isn’t selfish, it is tender, passionate and selfless towards another.

I had heard someone say one time that they don’t like people but yet love them. Is that possible? Yes, To a point! But, if we Look at it from God’s eyes, does He say to His children “I don’t like people but yet I love them? In my opinion, No, He would never. God commands His children to love each other like He loves us. However, the world today doesn’t show love as God commands us too.

Ephesians 5:1-2 “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;”And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.”

In today’s world if we do something someone else doesn’t like, then they don’t like you. Then they start to show self distance, then gossip, and next quit having anything to do with you, period.

I’m talking about Christians in today’s world. How can we walk like God, talk like God and show an image of the fruits of the spirit but yet can’t show love towards your brother or sister in Christ. How is that love or fruits of the spirit?

Love is and action word, love in action should look something like this. If we can’t show these in action towards another we need to check ourselves.

1. Help them out of a tight spot – When Jesus attended a wedding with His mother, she asked Him to help the hosts when they ran out of wine. We may not be able to miraculously solve a problem, but God has gifted us in other ways to help. (John 2:1-11)

2. Get them help when you can’t help them – A paralyzed man received healing from Jesus because his friends dropped him through a roof at Jesus’ feet. They were willing to do whatever it took to get help for their friend! (Mark 2:1-12)

3. Pray for them – The Bible is full of people praying for the ones they love. The church prayed for Peter in jail (Acts 12:5). Jesus prayed for the disciples (John 17:6-19). Paul prayed for the Ephesian believers (Ephesians 1:15-23).

4. Rebuke them when needed – Sometimes the best way we can love someone is by graciously confronting their sinful, destructive behavior (Proverbs 27:6, Matthew 18:15-17).

5. Freely forgive offenses – Jesus eliminated the limit on forgiveness when Peter asked how many times he should forgive (Matthew 18:21-22). Some hurts seem unforgivable, but with God’s help it’s possible to “promote love” through forgiveness (Proverbs 17:9).

6. Humbly serve them – Jesus set the example (John 13:1-17). He calls us – His followers – to also humbly and graciously serve others (Gal 5:13).

7. Meet their physical needs – Scripture is clear. If we see a brother in need, have the means to help but don’t, our love for God should be questioned (1 John 3:17).

8. Rejoice and mourn with them – We show deep care for others when their hurts and joys are also ours. Don’t hold back. Let the tears and the cheers flow! (1 Corinthians 12:25-26).

9. Show kindness to someone they love – King David expressed his deep bond of friendship for Jonathan by caring for Jonathan’s crippled son Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 9:1-13).

10. Intercede with others on their behalf – Could your influence help a loved one? Barnabas smoothed the way for Paul with the Jerusalem church leaders (Acts 9:27-30). Paul wrote to Philemon appealing for Onesimus the runaway slave (Philemon 8-11).

11. Help two loved ones work out their differences – Does strife exist between two people you love? Be a mediator and help them mend their relationship. Paul asked the believers in Philippi to help two women in their church who were at odds (Philippians 4:2-3).

12. Introduce them to Jesus – Does a loved one desperately need to know Jesus? Share the Good News! Andrew introduced his brother Peter to Jesus (John 1:35-42).

13. Encourage and disciple them in their relationship with Christ – The author of Hebrews tells us to “spur one another on to good works” and “encourage one another” daily (Hebrews 10:24-25).

14. “Lay down your life!” – Seems pretty drastic, but that’s exactly how Jesus showed His love for us (John 15:12-13). The basic principle has much broader application than actual physical death. Jesus calls us to unselfishly seek to put others ahead of ourselves.

Loving others is a matter of the will, not the emotions. We tend to let our flesh run our emotions. We can’t keep doing that and live as God wants us to live.

“We need to “Lead By Example!”

This goes along with how poorly we treat another also. We can preach and repeat scripture all day on how we should treat others but if we aren’t living it ourselves then what are we accomplishing? Do we not have enough of God and His word in us to know how we are to treat one another?

If we want God to show us favor and blessings then we need to treat others how God treats us. We can’t think that if we keep acting towards others the way we do and treat them in such ways that we will have a spot in Heaven. It doesn’t work that way and God is not pleased by it.

Treat people how you want to be treated. God not once kicked you to the curb, forgot about you or stopped loving you. So why do so many treat others with such hatred and disrespect.

There’s people who silently cry out for help and you would never know it because of the flesh you carry on those shoulders abides in you more than God does. Is it to hard for us to show someone we care, to be a friend, to encourage the broken, to show love, to at least let them know they matter.

In today’s world people would rather spit on you, gossip, run you down to others than to lift you up, to offer a caring hand or words of love. The way people are treated by others is beyond me.

I once was out there drugged up, doing God knows what so yes I know how it feels. You feel alone, empty, like you’re not wanted, with so many emotions to follow. Ask yourself before you do someone wrong, speak wrong against them, Would God be happy with me? Am I showing love?

We all have sinned but that doesn’t give us rights to treat others differently.

Romans 5:8 says “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

How would you feel if every time you sinned against God, Gossiped or treated God so unkind that He threw you away? What if He quit caring, etc? See, He doesn’t do us that way. He has a love for us that no man can even comprehend.

I know, I know, We give people chance after chance to change. But, so does God, yet He is still there with open arms to love you to forgive you, to except you.

God is love, He is a peace maker, He doesn’t bring Strife & Chaos. Want peace and unity in our life, then we need to show others love and kindness and give the same respect as we would want.

Remember God sees everything we do or say. We will be held accountable for it. So, wouldn’t the right thing to do is start treating others with the same respect as you would want to be treated? Stop the CHAOS!!! Stop the FIGHTING & ARGUING!! Stop playing Mr/Mrs BAD TO THE BONE!!

Stop throwing people away. Show them you care. Maybe by doing that you would be saving their life and yours. Without Jesus in our life, it’ll stay a constant mess. You’ll always be miserable. Your days on earth will not be very long either.

Favoritism, is another way the enemy uses to cause division. It happens in & out of church. This goes right along with how you treat others. STOP IT!!! God is NOT pleased by this.

That one person you push to the back burner is more of a Christian than some of those you keep around. The Bible tells us to treat others with love. Some of us don’t do that because we truly don’t know the meaning of agape kind of love. We reap what we do towards others.

Spread love, kindness and pray for others. The whole point of this is to let you know that we as Christians have to do better at treating others the way we do. It also says a lot about who we are. Are we being Christ like? Do we love others enough to sacrifice for them, even when they are not lovable?

John 15:13 “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

Are We Letting Fear Rule Our Life?

When we become a slave to fear, We become a slave to the devil..

It is often said that fear has no place in the Christian’s life for, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.

When you let go of fear-You let go of the stronghold the devil Has on you and your happiness.

Realize that God is with you. You don’t have nothing to fear. The devil knows what we fear and he uses it against us. Staying in fear steals from our life and the life God has planned for you and I.

People fear so many things. They fear what will happen to us, our loved ones, our children, what the future brings, corrupt officials, illnesses, death, loss of jobs, terrorist attacks, financial crisis, and the list goes on and on.

But we have HOPE…the Bible tells us in Isaiah 41:10: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

That’s enough to tell us God is always with us. Listen, hear me clearly, GOD NEVER LEAVES US, Nor does He put fear on us. Fear comes from the enemy himself. Until we figure that out we will stay fearful.

We need to let our FAITH ARISE..We need to put fear where it belongs. Take it captive and destroy the works of hell that comes against us.

Do we really think the devil cares anything about us? Yet, we let him destroy us. Most times we don’t even realize it. We tend to serve him when we don’t serve God. That’s Truth!!

Matthew 6:24 “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

The devil loves tormenting us with whatever he can. Fear being one of them. We can’t expect to live peacefully while walking in fear. When we are in fear, we are powerless.

Why do we give to the one who hates us, the most of us. When we give the one who loves us, less of us.

Surrender your fears to God, let Him do what is best for us. God is like a father who protects his children, He is the one who will protect us from evil.

You can’t have both peace and fear at the same time. You just can’t! God is a God of peace, not fear. Peace is having God in your life. Peace comes from the assurance and belief that God is always in control. When you are filled with this type of peace, then you can cast away fear from your heart. God gives us the authority to cast those things down that aren’t of Him.

There is no reason to live life in fear all the time. We can cast out fear with love. We do have that authority. When love overcomes, fear is suppressed. And when love reigns, fear is banished for good!

REMEMBER: Do Not Fear-God Is With You!

SOMETHING TO PONDER ON

One thing I’ve learned in this walk with God is that if you continue to do things on your own, things will have repercussions. So many times I have been blind sided by things and thought God was in it. Then, I finally realized it was self (What Deborah Wanted). Self will cause more damage than good. Granted, God can turn your mess around but if it’s not for you, then it’s just not for you. This includes a spouse, home, car, that job, or whatever it may be. Be led by God because He knows what’s best for you.

The Bible says in Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (KJV)

But there again…

If you choose something out of the will of God, then things become a big mess. So, how can any of that be good? God gives us free will to choose things we do in life, so it’s up to us to choose what we do. We need to go to God first with things, and wait on Him to give us an answer. We tend to get stubborn and get ahead of God when He hasn’t even given the answer yet.

I’ve been there, done that.

Yet, when we do this, that is when things that aren’t blessed become a destruction to us. Our walk with God gets less and less. So, we tend to fall astray. I know from experience! As we grow in God, He begins to show us why we’re going through so much turmoil and things aren’t working out like we had hoped. Our “flesh” can get us in more trouble than good. If you’re facing things and have been asking God for answers, then grab your Bible, read it and begin to meditate on His word. Trust me, He will start showing you if you really listen. Can you think of a time when you felt like, “What in the world is going on in my life?” “Why did that happen to me?” “When will I finally get what I’ve prayed for?”

Why, God, why?!

When, God, when?!

If you’ve been alive very long, you’ve probably had an experience like this. The truth is God loves us and He has good plans for our lives, but that doesn’t mean life is always easy. We tend to get ahead of God and make premature decisions. I am guilty of that!!

Proverbs 3:5 Says, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding”

We all go through difficult times and things happen that aren’t fair. In fact, Jesus tells us in…

John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (KJV)

It’s so important that we understand this so we won’t be confused and lose our faith in God when life is hard. Even our “gut feeling” & “our mind” can steer us wrong sometimes. Next time, make sure you wait on God to give you an answer before you jump ahead of a situation. Give God time to work. Whatever mistake or decision you made without God, don’t feel guilty, give it to God and move on.

God loves us and He doesn’t hold anything against us. HE FORGIVES!! HE LOVES US!!

If you’re worried what others might think or say, don’t! Let them be themselves, they aren’t the ones you have to worry about. Only be concerned with what God thinks!!Don’t let others opinion keep eating at you. You are only hurting yourself when you do this. God is a God of Love, Peace and Joy, NOT drama, stress or hateful acts. We need to pray things through. Don’t let your mind, flesh or feelings get you ahead of God! The outcome won’t be so good if you do. God First In All Things!! Hope someone got something from this. Something that’s been on my heart for a while. Be Blessed And Be A Blessing!

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