Because of Jesus

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I had never heard anything like it.

In a village on the Gujarat-Madhya Pradesh border in India, 50 families came to know the Lord within a short period of time. These were very simple but God-fearing people who heard the Gospel and responded to Jesus—Jesus who forgave their sins and set them free from bondage.

In the midst of their celebration and joy, they received an ultimatum. Their village chief and a band of others rounded up these 50 families and told them that they could no longer live in the village.

These new Christians hurried to pack their tattered clothes, pots and pans and other few belongings, and then they walked away from everything they had known. Like refugees from a war zone, they trudged out of the village, along with the elderly who could hardly walk, little children and pregnant women.

As they were leaving, the village chief told them that they would be allowed back only on two conditions: payment of a 500-rupee penalty per family, plus each would have to deny Christ.

But not one of them returned. They walked until they finally crossed over the border into Madhya Pradesh, finding shelter under trees in the jungle.

Why Do They Press On?

I thought about these people and the suffering and hardship they went through just to survive and find a place to settle down. They were so new to the faith. None of them had any theological background or had had a chance to attend seminars, retreats or Bible studies.

They had never even heard about some of the most elementary truths of the Bible, much less complex issues such as eschatology with its pre-, mid- or post-trib viewpoints. I doubt that any of them knew the books of the Bible. In fact, most of them were illiterate.

What made them willing to walk away from their huts, fields, friends and relatives?

If you asked them, this is what they would tell you: “We are walking away because of one reason—Jesus.”

What causes a young brother in Maharashtra, India, to decide to return to the same village where he was nearly beaten to death for leading 25 people to Christ?

What gives African Christians in Sudan the endurance not to renounce their faith, but to go through continuous suffering, pain and death?

They all understand what it means when Jesus says: “Follow Me.” You see, Christianity is not following a system, theology, doctrines or some ideas. It is following Him.

It Takes Love for Jesus

In all things that we do, we must keep in mind that the highest, most sacred call the Lord gave us is to walk with Him, to love Him and to know Him.

That’s why Paul wrote to the Philippians: “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). In chapter three, he explains the purpose for which he renounced all things—not to reach the whole world with the Gospel, not to become a revolutionary, not to travel all over the world and plant a thousand churches—no, none of those things, but “that I may know Him” (Philippians 3:10).

When we read through the book of Acts and all the letters Paul wrote, we see the result of one man’s commitment to know the Lord. Everything Paul did—evangelism, missions, sacrifice, hard work day and night—it all came out of one thing: loving Jesus, knowing the Lord.

Unless our knowledge of the Bible turns into a relationship with Jesus, the strong winds of persecution, discouragement, enticement from the world, a better job, higher salaries, concerns for the future, life struggles and relationship problems will knock us down; we will no longer closely follow the Lord.

There is no doubt that the three Hebrew young men survived the fiery furnace because of their love for the Lord. That’s the reason the fourth one, the unseen One, was there with them. And Moses rejected his position in Egypt, for by faith he saw “Him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27).

Every individual in the Bible who really came through and was approved by the Lord didn’t get there because of his or her achievements. It was because of a close, personal relationship with the Lord. That was the sustaining power.

It takes this kind of love to go through trials and persecution just as those 50 families did who gladly walked away, willing to lose all and live and sleep under some trees in the jungle. Somehow, in their newfound faith, they saw “Him who is invisible” more visibly and tangibly than some of us do, who have learned everything and know our theology inside and out.

Today, the call of Jesus remains fresh and real: “Come, follow Me” (Luke 18:22). His footsteps will take us to the most unreached, to the suffering, to lost and dying millions. But serving them, interceding on their behalf and sacrificing to send missionaries to them will never be a burden for us because it’s all for Him. If we truly see the invisible One, all we do is because of Him, and it is truly our privilege and joy.

His arms are open wide—let us run after Him.

 

~ credit to: Destined to Soar, Chapter 36 © 2009 by Dr. K.P. Yohannan

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Jalapeno Cheetos makes me smile.

Jalapeno Cheetos makes my tongue go wild.

Jalapeno Cheetos makes me sing all my favorite love songs.

Jalapeno Cheetos makes a great Sunday night snack.

Jalapeno Cheetos makes me alive!

I love this stuff.

~late night randomness. please excuse my cheesiness. 🙂

Let Me Dance

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Sometimes my voice is too loud for me hear that my heart is shaking in fear.

I’m afraid. I’m afraid of change. I’m afraid of losing control.

I try my best to list all the reasons why, but it’s no use.

And at times, it hurts so bad. I’m hurt all over if I’m not careful. I’m losing the battle.

But what am I to say? This darkness that stares me in the face. I can’t fight it alone. Oh no, I’m so afraid.

Help, help, I’m out of control. I’m falling apart. Someone save me.

Stuck in a spiral of my indecisiveness, why, why am I like this?

I feel feeble and utterly crushed at times; I mean, I can’t even hear groan of anguish in my heart.

My guilt has overwhelmed me, it’s like a burden too heavy to bear.

I’m like a deaf woman who does  not hear because she is stuck in a deep hole which she created for herself.

Like a mute who can offer no reply in her defense, I can’t speak at all

I am so helpless, I am so worried, I offer no excuses for my actions, for I am guilty, no justification.

But, But even so, among  all that is against me, I am still alive.

Because I am waiting upon the Lord for my strength. I will wait for His answer.

I’ve confessed my iniquity to Him; for I was troubled by my sin

Though many are judging me now and hating me, I am right with God. I am honest with my Father.

I have no more fear, I am redeemed. I am free from my troubled past.

My Lord has not forsaken me, He has totally set me free from my destructive self.

I am free to dance, so please, just let me dance.

 

~late night poem inspired by Psalm 38.

 

First Place

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“So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” ~Matthew 20:16

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” ~Matthew 20:28

As wee little babes, we were taught to fight for our rights

As children grow older, we’ve become so uptight and righteous and arrogant

We’ve became what our grandparents feared – a bunch of ungrateful kids

What happened, what went wrong, who taught them differently?

Why are we demanding for EVERYTHING that we didn’t earn?

We feel that we’re entitled to everything that this world offers

When we don’t get what we want, we steal, cheat, kill and destroy whatever or whomever is blocking our path

No sense of community, No sense of shame, No sense of what is right and wrong

We’ve lack common sense; we’ve lack wise judgment, and morals

There is no upright person, no, not one

Everyone wants their way, or no way at all

Change is hard because it requires one to think about others then themselves

We’ve all become children who has been handicapped by our crooked thoughts; no one is righteous

We all want to be in first place, nobody wants to lose or be in last place

We’re a lost generation

Who will fight for us, who will fight with us?

 

~do you know the answers my fellow readers?

The Ultimate Sacrifice

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Dear friends, my heart is heavy and I feel the need to share this with you out of my concern and love for you:

As I daily continue to walk in intimacy with Jesus Christ, I am drawn back again to the scene of His crucifixion. Crucifixion in those days was a totally inhumane way for anyone to die. Today, I want you to sit down in a quiet place and travel this journey with me to Golgotha, the place where Christ was crucified. I want you to sit and “listen” to the sound of the hammer striking. I’m not trying to be melodramatic. I just want us to come as close as possible to being eyewitnesses. You don’t have to open your eyes and “look,” but I want you to open your spiritual ears and listen. Move close enough to hear the conversation of the marksmen as he positions the nail at the wrist of Christ. You’ll have to fight the crowd to get close enough. Then listen to every hammer hit the nail–several times at each hand and foot to make sure the nails are securely in place. I’m not trying to make you wince. I only want you to hear the sound as the nails are driven securely into the wood.

How do you feel? What’s going through your mind? Is your heart pounding loudly in your chest? Are your tears falling and dripping down your chin? Are you sad or are you sobbing? Or, do you not feel anything all? Are you feelings numb? Please, what are you thinking? The reason I ask you is because I want you to know that Jesus Christ was crucified because of us. Our sins put Him on the Cross. We are the bad people here. We are the one who inhumanely killed Him. He was punished for a crime He didn’t commit. He was punished for being “The King of the Jews,” the Son of God (Luke 23:38).

Ladies and gentlemen, let be frank with you. Are you walking with the Lord today? Are you in fellowship with Him this morning/afternoon/day? Are you aware that there is life after our death? Do you want to spend the rest of your life in Heaven or in Hell? Yes, these places do exist. Where would you like your destination to be?

I’m not trying to scare you but I want you to start thinking about these things. Our time is short. We’re like a flower that is slowly but surely fading away (Isaiah 40:8). We don’t have forever. Choose wisely. I pray that you choose Christ. Because you know what, no other religion or god will take you to Heaven. Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Not your good works, good deeds, tithing and good ethic or morals will get you to Heaven. Only through Jesus will you inherit the Kingdom of God. Only in Christ will you be saved from eternity in Hell.

Here is the Sinner’s prayer when you’re ready to receive Jesus into your life and live with Him for eternity:

Dear God,
I come to You in the Name of Jesus. I admit that I am not right with You, and I want to be right with You. I ask You to forgive me of all my sins. The Bible says if I confess with my mouth that “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead, I will be saved (Rom. 10:9). I believe with my heart and I confess with my mouth that Jesus is the Lord and Savior of my life. Thank You for saving me!
In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

~Credits to LifeWay Biblical Solutions for Life, Kenneth Hagin Ministries and the New Testament.

A Beautiful Woman is…

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Proverbs 31:30 “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

 

….And she also enjoys eating watermelon in my opinion. lol 🙂

 

 

A beautiful woman is when she prays,

A beautiful woman is when she kneels before her Lord,

A beautiful woman is when she doesn’t gossip to gain favor, but is looking out for other woman,

A beautiful woman is not about her physical appearance but a heart that is submissive to the Lord’s teaching and  commandments,

A beautiful woman is her ability to accept correction and does her best to conform to the likeness of Christ,

A beautiful woman is when she encourages and sings praises to her husband and children,

A beautiful woman is when she is faithful to her family, her job, her friendship and commitment to tithing,

A beautiful woman is when she keep herself pure and knows that God always wants the best for her and not for her to settle for second best,

And lastly, a beautiful woman is when she is always chasing after God’s heart like King David did in the Old Testament.

These are my lists of what is a beautiful woman, what are yours?. 🙂

Brightly Lit

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Brightly lit across the skies,

The stars are twinkling right before my eyes

 

I’m ready to learn, I’m ready to let loose,

I see my destination, and I’m ready to choose

 

I’m still not sure how it will all pan out,

But my eyes are wide open and I’m not going to pout

 

This journey will not be easy, no, not one bit

Don’t faint, don’t cry, and don’t throw a fit

 

I’m keeping my head up, I’m keeping my heart open

A miracle is what, I choose to let happen

 

So much to hope for and I’m packing up for this travel

Into my destiny, I choose to unravel

By Sue

Live Life Abundantly

Begin with a case of Joy
Add a heaping spoonful of Gratitude
Fold in a large dollop of Kindness
Stir in a handful of Forgiveness
Sprinkle liberally with Love and cover with Peace
Always serve with a large side of Faith
(Author unknown)

~ As the days go by, I’m not getting any younger and I’m asking myself each day to remember to live my life abundantly. I want to smile. I want to laugh. I want to enjoy everything that the Lord has given me. I want the freedom that He gave me, which is to love unashamedly and to live my life boldly for Him. I have nothing to lose. I can’t waste it doing nothing for others. My life is His and His purpose is all I seek. So, today, I encourage you all to do the same. Live for Him and engrave the word FOREVER IN CHRIST in your heart. Live life purposely. Live life boldly. I pray that for all my followers. 🙂

Love,

Sue