Alive in Christ

On this Memorial Day I am reminded of the countless men and women who serve, have served, and will serve. Inevitably we will lose some of our heroes to conflicts. That is a part of life and one we cannot escape. May God bless all the troops, their families, children, and countless loved ones and friends who miss them while they serve.

I want to discuss being alive and dead. What does it mean to be dead to the flesh and alive in Christ. And most importantly, is it even possible? After all, our spirits are encased in flesh and we won't shed this flesh until we die. That is a fact. Of course, we must start in the Word as that is where life began.

The entire book of Romans is an excellent place to start when you are looking for victory over your flesh. We all have issues that must be overcome, some more obvious than others, nonetheless they exist in us all. Romans 6:6-23 give us SPECIFIC instruction on the Christian Life.

The entire chapter 6 gives us a synopsis as to what it is like to be dead to the flesh. This means it has no power of you any longer. Before Christ we may have been subject to sin feeling powerless against its stronghold. Sin is not always what you think it is either and "forms of godliness" will allow you to overlook sin and continue in it. But Paul tells us that when we accept Christ, we died with Him on the cross - crucifying our flesh. This is important because when Adam fell, the only way to reconcile man to God was through the law, then through Jesus. But we still have to die! "For the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23).

When Jesus died on the cross, it was a symbolic of us crucifying the flesh so we can live SPIRITUALLY. Did it feel good for Jesus to die on the cross? Or be criticized because of His claim of being a Messiah? The same applies to us. No, it is not easy to lead a Christian Life - not going to church, not reading a verse on certain days, not being a "nice" or "good" person, none of these outward acts fool the Lord because He knows our hearts.

Meditate on this if it applies to you because it is something every Christian must deal with throughout their journey. People will make you mad, hurt your feelings, falsely accuse you, envy you, and wish evil on you - that will NOT change. They did it to Christ, and they will do it to you. But what MUST change when you make a decision to follow Christ is your response and walk. People are looking for Christ in you. They want to see if you really believe what you say you believe. When the lady at the nail shop rolls her eyes at you, you may be inclined to "put her in her place," but how is Christ shining through that? Would Christ respond to meanness with meanness? See, sin is not always *obvious* and we cannot always see when we're veering down the wrong path. "For wide is the way to destruction, but narrow is the road to righteousness."

It is not your job to be Jesus, but it is your job as a follower of Christ to FOLLOW Him - for real. Do what He would do, react how He would react, and pray as much as He did. For prayer and the Word are the only things that will keep your flesh under and your spirit alive. Do not be discouraged either because a righteous man fall seven times...and gets back up!

My prayer is that all those who truly seek the Lord will be encouraged and edified. That is the the purpose of this blog.

God Bless you all,

Check yourself!

I want to write a little about our intentions / desires / and goals.

Have you ever had a dream or desire that was so awesome, you just knew it came from the Lord? After all His Word does say that He would give His children the desires of their hearts. So why is it not happening? What are you doing wrong? What can you do to make it better?

Matthew 6:33 says:
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

The previous verse (Matthew 6:32) says that God already knows your needs before you ask Him. And the following verse says we are to take no thought about tomorrow, it has its own issues.

Psalm 37:4 says:
Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

So what do we know so far:
  • God knows the desires of our hearts
  • God knows our needs before we ask
So what keeps us from attaining our desires or goals? Our focus, our hearts, our goals - for what purpose do they serve in the lives of others, the kingdom of God, and even ourselves? God loves us so much that He gave us the answers to all the test questions before the test even began. His Word is where you should begin when embarking on anything if you consider yourself a Christian.

See, going to church, singing in the choir, being nice and smiling all the time is NOT what makes your salvation sure or your resting place in Heaven. In fact, studying the Word tells us that wide is the way to destruction and narrow the way to righteousness. Which road are you on? The road full of people OR the road less traveled?

Are you seeking God first? Are you seeking His will for your life? (Not after you have a plan or after you put a deposit down on your office space, BEFORE). He is saying that if you do this, you will have the desires of your heart and your needs met. This is a topic that I will revisit many times as there is much to say. 

As Christian men and women who are commissioned to be the light to a dark world, how can we be just as greedy, materialistic, self-absorbed, and selfish as the world? How can we be more concerned about our wardrobe than needs of others?

Do you want to own your own business? How can you give God the glory in that venture? We must all check our intentions, our hearts, and minds. God knows our hearts and if you are not seeking Him first in all you do, you are only hurting yourself. You may prosper, you may succeed, but at what cost? Disobedience to God's commands is what brought death into the world from day one. Trying to find a shortcut to getting His promises without obeying His commands is futile and may God have mercy on us as we have all been guilty of this!

To GOD be the glory for the things He has done! Don't think we can get God's blessings without following His laws. That is a trick of the enemy! Seek God's kingdom and not His will be given much more than you could ever ask or think. Check yourselves saints, the time is short.

Go ALL the way, or don't waste your time..

Christianity is not a religion as much as it is a walk.

GOD never instructed us to be religious, rather to obey his statutes and accept His son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Thank GOD for mercy, grace, and His Holy Ghost to guide us into all truth.

  1. Is it more important what you wear to church than going? 
  2. Is it more important that you attend your denominational assembly or that you hear His Word?
  3. Do you read His Word? Meditate on it day & night?
  4. Do you Praise God? Even when you think you have no reason to?
  5. How important is your relationship with Jesus to you?
These are some hard questions that may have you re-evaluating yourself. That is the point. If you are not going to serve God with your whole heart, whole mind, and whole BODY...don't waste your time. Half obedience is disobedience. You should be aware that God is not in the business of condemning His children, rather correcting them in love for their benefit. Every good thing and every "bad" thing in your life is for your benefit. Take hold to God's promises and know your rights as His child. Rebuke the enemy, plead the blood over yourself and your children, and walk in victory. 

Start in His Word.

God Bless, 

Happy Mother's Day!

It is on holidays like this that Gods love, mercy, and grace overwhelm me! I am the mother to the most amazing son a mother could ask for, and were it not for God's infinite wisdom, I would not know what I was missing out on.

I grew up the eldest of my siblings and always taking on a motherly role as my mother was sick a lot with Lupus. I honestly resolved that I had done enough mothering for a lifetime and would not want children of my own. Thank God He did not listen to me, right?!

After being married almost 2 years and using birth control, I found out at 11 weeks that I was pregnant...not my idea of good news...But God is so awesome because I had the most wonderful pregnancy and birth story :) My The day arrived for my son to enter the world and I have never been the same. God transformed the most self absorbed, arrogant, selfish woman into a mother. I am forever grateful and humbled for His gift.

I won't go into my birth story, honestly people hardly ever believe it. But I had no contractions, no pain, and absolutely no discomfort when I had my son, none. I literally went to the hospital pregnant (40 wks & 1 day), and came out with a 8lb 15.3 oz baby boy. God is awesome. Mother's Day is a constant reminder of how far God has brought me and I am excited to continue on the journey..

God Bless ALL the mothers and those who aspire to be one day, children are blessings from the Lord - always.

<3 Christian

Learning from Mistakes

There is no shame in making a mistake. The shame is when you continue to make the same mistake, having not learned anything from it. Let me start by saying this: just because you have seen no immediate lessons to be learned and / or repercussions to mistakes made does NOT mean you don't need to take notice. God is good and merciful, this is true. But we must also do our part, remembering that "God chastises the ones He loves."

Does God love you? Absolutely. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.." We are all loved by God and that is proven each day we wake up and can draw breath in to sustain our lives. But for myself, I have been hard-headed, hard to understand, and hard to teach. I have been wrong, of course, but not THAT wrong, right? Wrong.

Every day is an opportunity to search yourselves. Proverbs tells us many differences between the wise man and the foolish one. One distinct difference is that a wise man changes his ways many times, while a fool never changes. Have you been foolish about something or someone in your life? Perhaps you have never really asked God to show you yourself. Let me warn you that when you ask God to show you yourself, it may not come quickly or all at once. In fact, it may take some while for Him to peel back your layers and expose your wrong attitudes or behaviors. And it may be ugly.

I know that I used to believe that because I had a relationship with Him, a personal one, I couldn't be that off in my behaviors, ways of thinkings, or words. You can be saved, sanctified, and filled with the Holy Ghost and be wrong. You are human, you make mistakes, and the only tragedy is if you never learn anything from your mistakes to apply to your life or share with others.

If you have never asked the Lord to expose the ugly parts of you, I would suggest that you first pray for a desire to read His Word. When you begin to see the things within yourself that need alteration, instead of everything wrong with everyone else, you will need His Word. God is a gentle teacher and the Holy Ghost is gentle but sometimes we see things that are just ugly. His Word will sustain, comfort, and lift you up! I could never stress the importance of reading His Word enough. It is like the food you eat to sustain your living body. After starving so long and not being fed, your spirit becomes weak. 

  • Feed your spirit
  • Ask God to expose yourself to yourself
  • Ask God for the lessons to be learned from your mistakes
  • Read His Word as it will lead you and guide you into ALL truth
  • Don't be discouraged because what Satan means for evil, God can turn around for your good
  • Most importantly, don't be a fool. Everyone makes mistakes...including you.

Learn from your mistakes.

Blessings to you all,