Battles

Galatians 5:16-17

“So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. The two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.”

Another good passage to share. I often hear that when you believe in Jesus Christ, there are no more battles to go through and you can live however you want to live just because you have that belief. There’s a lot more to that. Life is full of battles. This passage speaks for itself. Every day, evil and sin fights hard to consume us. We have to be strong enough to say no to their sinful natures and follow what the Lord says and does every single day.

There is no such thing as level 1 sin or level 50 sin. Nothing is too big or too small in His eyes. All sin is still sin in the eyes of the Lord. Even the small office gossip that we all think occasionally as no big deal. That’s not true. We have to get rid of the mindset of “Oh it’s just a little gossip”.  It’s still sin and evil nature feeds off on that. Whether it’s gossip or murder, all of it matters! Think before you say. Follow God’s word daily.

Good and evil. The constant war since the beginning of time. How unfortunate.

Let’s be obedient. Saturate your life im the word of God. Go to the roots of His tree, not just the surface. If you follow His word daily, your life will be better. I know this for a fact in my own life. Every struggle I go through daily, I read the Bible. And my life changes for good. So, study your sin enemies and try to understand what the Bible wants you to do to overcome the battle. 

Separate yourself from the corrupting influences. Don’t bring them home. It will consume you. Yes, I understand that we need to have proximity with them, but they can’t and won’t influence us. The Lord is strong within us.

Kick out the Devil. He doesn’t belong anywhere.

Change

This week’s Bible study will be in the book of Ruth. Another glorious chapter to feed the soul.

Ruth 1:14-21

“And again they wept together, and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law good-bye. But Ruth clung tightly to Naomi. ‘Look’, Naomi said to her, ‘your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods. You should do the same.’ But Ruth replied, ‘Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!’ When Naomi saw that Ruth was determined to go with her, she said nothing more. So the two of them continued on their journey. When they came to Bethlehem, the entire town was excited by their arrival. ‘Is this really Naomi?’ the women asked. ‘Don’t call me Naomi’, she responded. ‘Instead, call me Mara*, for the Almighty has made life very bitter for me. I went away full, but the Lord has brought me home empty. Why call me Naomi when the Lord has caused me to suffer* and the Almighty has sent such tragedy upon me?’

Would you agree with me that this is a dark one for today? Grief is a powerful emotion. Many things are often tied to unresolved grief issues. 

Grief and loss is definitely the biggest change there is. We never understand. We often get angry at God about why it happened and we may never know the answer. But, just remember, there’s a lot we never know what God is working on. He will always be ahead of everyone. Trust him still with all your heart even during the darkest times. He knows and understands your pain and suffering. Afterall, the most famous words in the Bible are “Jesus wept”. He knows the pain and suffering. Trust him that something will come out of it.

Life is full of changes. Learn to cope with life’s changes by accepting God and trusting Him fully. Changes are abound to happen. It’s human nature. You may not like it, and I’ve been there more times than you would know. It’s really tough! It’s definitely tough to accept change. What makes it easier is by putting God at the center of your life.

Life has its ups and downs. Never give up. Focus.

Monday

Monday already????

It seems like the weekend just started!! Oh well, got to be grateful for any day we get. Another day of breathing while many people took their last breath before. So, embrace what you have! Enjoy the simple things that life gives you. Don’t let all the negativity talk affect you. Be strong. Remember your strength and what you’ve been through. We’re not getting any younger.

Every day is a new day. Every week is a new week. Be the person who you’ve dreamt of becoming.

Be kind, be courteous, be respectful.

Light

Another day filled with God’s glory 😊 embrace it with gratitude!

Today’s message comes from: Matthew 5:14-16

“You are the light of the world – like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”

Anything good that we receive comes from the Lord. It’s important to praise Him for everything you do. Be the light in your neighborhood. The more good deeds you do, the more people will appreciate, including God.

Big or small, anything can change the world.

The more good deeds you accomplish, the more you change your mindset over every little thing around you. You become more appreciative, more caring, more calm, more sincere, and more grateful. You will end up seeing things differently.

God wants us to help people; to help others grow closer to Him.

With God, all things are possible. His power is in us. Let us shine the light for all to see!

Anger

Psalm 59:1

“Rescue me from my enemies, O God. Protect me from those who have come to destroy me.”

Don’t let anyone get you down. Rise above! All the anger and hatred of the world does more harm than good. In fact, there’s never any good in those anyway. Anger is a powerful emotion. Don’t let it break you. Don’t let the constant negativity and attitude win. That is not right. Neither is letting them take all of their frustrations out on you. They are weak. They are unhappy. Rise above and seek guidance from the Lord!

You have more strength inside than you realize. Don’t be afraid to show it. 

Rise.

Darkness never wins.

My Story

We each have our own unique chapters through this wonderful thing called life. Crazy, complicated, easy, stressful, happy, and chaotic are all the main chapters. Here is my story of how I found God which made me become a better person than I was before.

I wasn’t the typical child. I was always a “quiet” kid which I was often made fun of. I never understood anyone around me. I felt so distant even to my family and the few friends I had during the time. I honestly felt fine and comfortable being the way I was (introvert, etc), but unfortunately not everyone felt the same.

All the choices I had made growing up, I thought it was for the best despite my feelings in a situation. As long as people’s stress levels were down, that was enough for me. It became hard keeping emotions inside without anyone knowing. I wasn’t the typical child. Eventually, I learned that although helping others is great and exciting, I found that balance of taking care of myself too.

I was often angry and upset at everything and everyone around me. I felt so lost. You might say I had depression issues, which that could have been correct during those years.

I had always felt that something was missing and that it just wasn’t right.

My grandparents go to church and I sure did my share when I was a kid too before I stopped going, but definitely not like an experience I am now having.

Then, one day, over a year ago on a cold January day, I made an impulse decision on a Sunday morning to drive down to a local church. I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t know if anyone would even notice me. But, something just told me to go in.

That changed my life.

I was greeted by very nice and welcoming people. The sermon was everything that I needed to hear. Every week more and more encounters with people making me smile and having a sense of belonging. It felt really nice.

As I continue on my journey through Christ, I realized that I’m much more calm and relaxed, and I tend to accept things a lot more. Traffic changes? Let it be! Political changes? Let it be! I’m more appreciative now more than ever before. I had a huge list of daily complaints, but now that is close to none (still human afterall). I feel better than I ever was before! The sense of belonging is finally with me! I will forever be grateful with whatever is handed to me.

I look forward to what’s to come in my journey.