Lies We Believe # : “Sticks and Stones…”

Words hurt Just one word for that…OUCH!

It sounds like a cute little saying, especially when you do not want others to see how their words affect you, but it is one of the WORSE lies ever told. Words do hurt …or heal. It is our choice on how we use them. Our tongue is the toughest muscle in our bodies. With it, so many people have been destroyed, others encouraged, or even inspired through it. We decide whether to build someone up or tear them down with our words. We can draw someone to Christ or lead them further away from Him. Our words do matter.

We can even hurt ourselves with our own words when we allow self-doubt and low self-esteem overwhelm us.

I’m not pretty enough”

“I will never be as good as _____”

“I’m so stupid.”

I have wounded myself various times from my own tongue. I believed the lies of the enemy instead of the truth of my Father. However, I’m glad God changed my way of thinking and opened my eyes. Sometimes those same lies try to reach me again, yet now I am armed with the Word of God. And that is our weapon! It is so VITAL to know the Word of God for yourself. Do not wait until Sunday morning to pick up your Bible and wait for the Pastor to speak life to you. Your pastor will not always be there with you when you are in your darkest moments, but Jesus will. God may not speak to you in an audible, loud voice in the sky, nevertheless He does speak to your heart through the Word. God is always speaking but we are not always listening. The Bible is our defense and weapon against the enemy’s lies and tricks.

Ephesians 6:16-17 says, “In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

Self-reflection-2The devil is actually afraid of us as children of God because we have the Most High, the King of Kings, the Creator inside of us. The enemy is even more frightened when we know and LIVE the Word. So, a person could talk smack about and to you all day long saying:

“You’ll never be anything.” ….”For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”(Jeremiah 29:11 ESV)

“You are so ugly”… “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” (Psalm 139:13-14 ESV)

“You should kill yourself”…“I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.”(Psalm 118:17 KJV)

But when you have God’s words in your heart then you will know the truth instead of the lie.

Yes, words will hurt at times, however, you do not have to allow it to soak into your heart and believe it. I am still learning this and allowing God’s words to seep into my heart. Just remember this: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” (Proverbs 18:21)

So will you speak life or death today?

Will you believe the lie or the Truth?

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Lies We Believe #3: “If I’m Not Popular Then I Am Nothing”

Galatians 1:10 says, “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

Our society focuses a great deal on fitting in or being accepted. But is that not what we want? To be liked or for others to know us. That is completely fine but numerous people feel as if their worth is based on someone else’s opinions or a popularity scale. Popularity is fickle like the wind. You may be “in” one day and rejected the next. We can never find happiness in popularity only in Christ can we find true acceptance. Yet can we really be effective as a Christian if we are constantly trying to win other’s approval instead of pleasing God?

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Sadly, I also used to believe this lie, especially when I was in middle school. I was the quiet one so it seemed that no ever took notice in me. It is not that I did not have anything to say, but I just was too shy to open up. Yet deep inside, I always wanted to be “popular” so I that I could be recognized because I felt like a nobody. I constantly tried to win everyone’s approval until I found my true worth in Christ. In God, I am so much more than others may perceive me. I do not have to put on a mask and pretend to be someone that I am not in His presence. He already knows my weaknesses, faults, my ups and my downs, even to how many hairs are upon my head (and if you have seen my hair…it is a LOT). Gods love me despite what I am and will be.

I’m so precious in His sight…and so are you. Now that I look back on my life, I’m so glad that I was never in the “IT” crowd. They did so many crazy and stupid things just to keep their popularity in school that it was annoying. Yes, there are times that I fall prey to this
lie, but I’m thankful for God’s grace that rescues me every time. Once you finally gain that fame you have to find a way to keep the focus on you. To me, that was just a waste of time. Popularity only lasts for a moment…(trust me it does) but God’s love lasts forever. I rather am remembered for something worthwhile instead of just five minutes of fame worth nothing.

So be free to be you!

The real you!

Lies We Believe #2: I Have Done Too Much That God Cannot Forgive Me

Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

We have sinned and done something that we regret terribly. There are times when we make a mistake that others tend to judge and label us based on our past. However, we should not allow ourselves to wallow in our mistakes but instead come to God in repentance. Sad-Boy-Wallpapers-PIC-HWB215022

When we sin it damages our relationship with God, however when we repent it repairs that relationship.  Repentance means “to change”, “to turn to God” or a “complete turnaround.” It is more than just saying “my bad” but it is truly being sorry for that sin, to confess it to God, and completely turning away from it.

1 John 1:9 states

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

We don’t have to wait until we are “perfect” before God can forgive us. The verse is a promise that when we confess or admit our wrongdoings to God, no matter how big or small it may seem to us, God is going to forgive us. The best part of this promise is that it says that God will not only forgive us but will purify or cleanse us from our sins. Isaiah 1:18  says

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

This promise from God debunks the lie that the enemy tells us that we have done too much for God to forgive us. If we think about it, scarlet is a very brilliant red color and is often associated with wickedness. However, snow symbolizes cleansing or a new beginning. So, in other words, God says that He is able to cleanse us from our wickedness and give us a new start just like it says in 2 Corinthians 5:17

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

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“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson..”

When we truly repent, it not only repairs our relationship with God but we become renewed. Every time we repent or make a complete turn around from our sin to God, He wipes away every wrong we have done and forgets about it as if we had never committed anything. Psalms 103:12 ”

“As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”

I understand that many times that we feel so unworthy to receive God’s forgiveness, but that’s just the beauty of grace. God’s grace!

There is nothing that can keep you away from the love of Christ. He loves us so much even before we were even born He willingly gave up His own life so that we can be brought blameless before Him one day.

So receive His love and forgiveness today!

 

 

 

Lies We Believe #1: No One Loves Me

This is one of the main lies that the enemy of our soul uses to attacks our self-confidence. When I was younger I regrettably believed the enemy and felt like I was alone in the world. I forgot that God blessed me with a wonderful family who loved me no matter what, but most importantly God loved me more than anyone ever could. I could not see past my own failures and downfalls that I thought no one could possibly love such a broken girl like me. Yet God loved but I was too blind to see it. When I was in my darkest moment, that is when God shined a light of hope for me to hold one too. God loves you and me so much that He allowed Himself to be nailed to a wooden cross to take the punishment for my sins that I deserved for me. That type of love that is indescribable.

Everyone longs to be loved and accepted, no matter how some may try

Screen Shot 2018-05-29 at 2.05.24 PMto hide that fact. This deception has led many people to attempt to find love in the wrong places. However, you are loved even if you cannot find it in your own household. Trust me, no one can ever fill that empty space in your heart that only God can complete. Not drugs, food, a partner, or your own personal successes will truly complete you. God loves you no matter what you have done in your life and what you will do in the future. Ephesians 2:4-5 it says

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved.

Even when we are messed up or sinned, God displays His mercy towards us because He loves us that much. Mercy means “compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.” He loved us so much that He was willing to die in our place so that we can have a relationship with Him. Who can beat that? Once, we believe in God’s love and allow Him to work within us then we will begin to see His love moving in our lives. Yes, God is always working in our lives but sometimes we are just too blind to see it like I was. But now we never have to feel unloved again, because there is Someone who cares for us.  God wants you. God longs for you to come to Him. God loves you…yes, you. Just receive His unconditional love today.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

John 3:16

Confessions of a Prayer Slacker

Screen Shot 2017-06-05 at 8.27.22 PM.pngPrayer is essential in the life of a Christian. It is something that we know we ought to do to maintain our relationship with God and to see a change in our lives. Yet sometimes it seems to be the last thing on our minds until we are desperately in need. Sadly, that is how it feels for me at times. Sometimes, I feel as if prayer is something to check off my to-do list rather than an enjoyable time to spend time with my heavenly Father. Other times I would wait until I was in deep in trouble before I would take prayer seriously.

I was not always like this. I used to pray more fervently and frequently until I made a mistake when I went off to college by placing too much on my plate and not managing my time better. I used to pray in the mornings before I went off to classes and work because prayer always brightened up my day. As classes became more demanding, as I began taking on more leadership roles on campus, as I started trying to balance my duties at church…

More and more excuses…

I did not realize that my relationship with God was deteriorating. Yes, I had God on the inside, and I was a Christian, but I was a Christian who was sinking. Let me also note that I was very involved in church, but I still felt far from God because I was not having my own personal time with Him.

My pastor began a Bible study series about prayer, and it was then when it hit me why I felt so stressed, unfocused, anxious, and spiritually tired. I was not praying…well, I was praying, but not taking it seriously. I was not seeking God’s face like I should have in Deuteronomy 4:29 (ESV) when it says, “But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.” I realized that I was not seeking God with my whole heart because I kept thinking about all of the other things that I had to do when I got up from my knees. As I mentioned earlier, prayer was just something to check off my spiritual checklist so that I could say that I did pray. But that is not how I wanted my prayer life to be.

Prayer is communicating with God, but it is also so much more than just talking to Him. When you spend quality time with God, you are are in His presence. Just imagine Him being right there with you in your room communing with you. When you spend time with God that is where you begin to be anointed.

Anointing means that “the presence of God is upon you.” When you are in God’s presence, things should be changing in your life. Some things may not be answered immediately, but at least your heart or attitude should be changing. My pastor always tells us to “never leave out of God’s presence the same way you went in…”. In Isaiah 10:27, it says, “And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.” From this verse, we can see that when you are in God’s presence that every “yoke” or bondage in our lives that may be holding us down will be destroyed because of the anointing which only comes if we are in God’s presence through prayer.

Of course, we should not just wait until we are in knee deep in trouble to begin praying to God, but it should be a time of enjoyment to spend time with Him. In Psalms 16:11 it says “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Right here in this verse, we can see that when we get into God’s presence that He will begin strengthening us and filling us up with His joy. I have difficulty explaining this type of joy that can only come spending time with God.

I am still working on not only maintaining but also improving my prayer life. I. As I mentioned earlier, I do not want to just say I that I pray without anything changing in my life. Instead, I want it to be something that I enjoy.

Instead of being a prayer slacker, I am going to be a prayer warrior.

Don’t Let The Water Fall Out From the Glass

I saw this post on Facebook and I just had to share it on my blog!

A man went to the Pastor of his church and said, “I won’t be attending church anymore.”
The pastor said, “May I ask why?”
He said, “I see people on their cell phones texting and typing during the service, some are gossiping, some just aren’t living right, some are sleeping, some are staring at me, they are all just hypocrites.”
The Pastor was silent. Then he said, “Can I ask you to do something for me before you make your final decision?”
He said, “Sure, what’s that?”
He said, “Take a glass of water and walk around the church two times and don’t let any of the water fall out of the glass.”
He said, “Yes I can do that!” He went and got the glass of water and walked around the church two times. He came back and said pdissatisfied-guy-holding-glass-water-his-hand-isolated-white-background-sick-man-drinking-medications-sad-96746547.jpgroudly, “It’s done.”
The pastor asked him these questions; “Did you see anybody on their phone? Did you see anybody gossiping? Was anybody living wrong? Did you see anyone sleeping?”
He said, “I didn’t see anything because I was so focused on this glass so the water wouldn’t spill out”
He told him, “When you come to church, you should be just that focused on God so that you don’t fall. That’s why Jesus said, ‘Follow Me’, He did not say follow them.”

 

Do not let your relationship with God be determined by how others relate to God. So many times we might waver in our faith because maybe our friends are also wavering. We maybe become lax in our duties because we see other slacking up as well. However, that should not be the case.

When my mother was battling breast cancer, she could have easily abandoned God or blamed Him for what she was dealing with in her body. Instead, she and my father told my sister and me when they broke the news that our family was going to keep our eyes on Jesus. That was our motto. “Keep your Eyes on Jesus!”

Despite the chemo, losing all of her hair or sometimes having to stay in the bedroom for days by herself so that we would not pass any infection to her. Despite all of that, my mother still praised God in the middle of the storm. She kept her eyes on Jesus. There were even times when she was well enough that she would still lead praise and worship at our church and give God her all. She could have been a prime example of just focusing on her sickness and losing her faith, but instead, she increased her faith by only because she kept her eyes on Jesus. Because she kept her eyes on Jesus, she was miraculously healed from cancer in such a way that it amazed even the doctors. My mother even wrote, “I’m keeping my eyes locked on Jesus because everything that glitters isn’t gold. Don’t be deceived in this season. People can make anything look good for their selfish motives and benefit. Stay focused because there are too many distractions.”

What my mother wrote reminded me of Psalms 16:8 NLV

I have placed the Lord always in front of me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be moved.

This verse reminds me that if you keep God before you, He will not allow you be moved. You may be shaken in some areas, but you do not have to be moved from your position if you decide to. Because of my mother’s testimony, I have seen first hand of how to stay focused on God instead of what is going around me

And so can you!

9 THINGS YOU NEED TO DO BEFORE YOU GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL

download.jpgTo all of my high school seniors, I just want to say CONGRATS! You’re almost done! But before you walk down the aisle with your caps and gowns, here are some suggestions to make those last days of high school worthwhile.

1. Post inspirational sticky notes everywhere!
At beginning of my senior year, my friends and I (although we went to different schools) began posting inspirational sticky notes all around the school. From
bathroom stalls, on lockers, under desks, and even on chairs. I have no idea if anyone took the time to truly read them, but I really hoped it blessed someone day.

2. Take Your Own Graduation Pictures with Your BFFs

Although you most likely will have your official graduation pics through your school, it is so much more fun to grab all of your friends and take your own cap and gown pictures!

3. Write thank you letters to all of your teachers and staff

No matter if you absolutely adore your teachers or cannot wait to leave their classrooms, but you should take the time to write a thank you note to all of the teachers who you’ve had during your four years in high school. If possible, you could even write thank you notes to teachers who you’ve had in the past such as in elementary and middle school who have made a huge impact on your life. Depending on how big your school is, you may not be able to write a thank you note to everyone on the school staff in your school, but it would be nice if you could!

4. Invite at least one friend to church or to a church event!

lead_largeAlthough it may seem nerve-racking at first, once you make that step of finally asking your friend to go to church event will make all of the difference! Plus, it’s SUPER fun!

5. Pray for your classmates

No matter how annoying or awesome your classmates may be, it takes love to pray for your classmates especially since they are making the same tough decisions that you are probably facing. Pray that for those who do not know Jesus as their Lord, pray that will find true purpose in their lives, and that will find true joy in God.

6. Volunteer for a Cause You Care About

No, you will not be paid but volunteering will open more doors for you than you can ever imagine. Do not just volunteer anywhere but for a cause, you truly care about. Do you love children? Then volunteer at a Girls and Boys club or an after-school program! Are you obsessed with animals? Take the time to volunteer at an animal shelter! Just figure out what you are most passionate about and run with it!

7. Let it Go! 

You cannot sojourn on this new journey if you are holding to old baggage from the past. Let go of those angry feelings towards those classmates who have irked you since 9th grade or for the teacher who did not give you the grade you deserved. However, it is just worth it to let go of the past and run towards your
future!

8. Shine your light
This is your last chance to make a lasting impact on your high school before you leave those doors. Do all that you can to shine for Jesus and to share His love with everyone (teachers, students, bus drivers, custodians, lunch ladies/men, and staff).

9. JUST HAVE FUN!

Enjoy your last few days in high school. Spend time with your friends, take pictures with your favorite teachers, and just breathe. You’re almost done, guys!

Congrats, Graduates!

Unfullfilled but now Filled

Our society is obsessed with appearing perfect online. When you look at social media, everyone has their best pictures posted, displayed accomplishments and triumphs but all of that still leaves many so empty inside. It is an emptiness that haunts so many people each day, but yet we tend to put on a facade to make it seem as if everything is okay.

When I am on social media, I find it so interesting how we attempt to put forth the best show for the world to see, but there is so much more going on behind the scenes. I never knew how so many people are incomplete and undone on the inside, yet the outward appearance is so made up to make it seem that everything is fine.

And that was me.

I never wanted others to know what I truly felt. Everyone always thought I was a happy and nice girl when inwardly I felt so alone. I never let anyone come in because I did not want anyone to see the real me. I strived so hard to be perfect but it felt that every move I made would take me four steps backward. The problem was I was trying to fix myself on my own but I was just making a huge mess. I struggled for the longest with my self-esteem, using my accomplishments as a shield for my insecurities. I was always trying to be what I thought others wanted me, to think the way society wanted me to think instead of being who God created me to be.

It wasn’t until I had to face myself and finally stopped trying to please everyone else instead of God. I had to go to God with my struggles and it was not until then did I finally find peace, comfort, and received real deliverance.

My cry over and over was that God would just make me over. I did not want to be what society wanted me to be. I did not want to be who I thought I should be. I wanted to really be a new creature in Christ where all things would have passed away. I just wanted God to strip everything that was not like Him and to put on more of His attributes. Until I stopped trying to go my own way and finally completely surrendered to God did I find that God was the only one who could fill the empty void in me. No more feelings of unworthiness or feeling unloved because I know where my source comes from now. I am not saying that I don’t have days when those thoughts may come to my mind, but now I don’t have to face them alone anymore. Instead, I can just go straight to my loving Father and know that He has me wrapped in His arms.
Just like the woman at the well shown in John chapter 4,  she was looking for something to fill the void inside of her only to find out that Jesus was the only One who could satisfy her longing for love and acceptance. She looked in all of the wrong places only to find out that man was not enough. Our hearts were created by God and were only made to be filled by Him. Food, drugs, awards, money, relationships, etc. will never be enough. I love what Jesus says to the woman at the well when He meets her, saying

But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. (John 4: 14)

That was what I was also missing in my life. I desperately needed God to fill my life. Yes,Megan.jpg I was already a Christian but I did not allow God to fully fill my life. It seemed that I held part of myself in reserve, but I was only keeping myself back from being fulfilled. I was like Israel in Jeremiah 2:13,

“My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.”

But I don’t have to be that way anymore and neither do you. Just admit to God that you need Him, ask Him to fill you up with His Spirit, and surrender your doubts and your fears to God and allow God to fill your heart.

I had to learn that having God to fill you should be continuous, not just a one-time prayer. There are days where you will feel drained and that the weight of the world is on your shoulders. There will be other times when the sun is shining bright and that you will feel that everything is fine. But no matter whether you are going through a sunny or dark season in your life, you will always need God. David says it best in Psalms 63:1

“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1 (NIV)

 

Finding the Right Friends on the School Campus

“Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm & constant.”

Socrates

No one likes to be alone. Even if you are an introvert like me, there will be a point in your life when you will just need someone to talk to and spend time with. When I transferred to a new school my senior year in high school and also when I went off to college, I felt as if I was just a kid going off to kindergarten hoping that I would make new friends. In my mind, I thought that I was too awkward to meet anyone to connect with. However, I was just allowing my fear control me and keeping me from meeting new people.

When I went to college, it did take me a while to find a good group of friends. It was not just because that I can be shy when it comes to meeting people, but I discovered that I am a person who does not just make quick friends but I value longlasting friendships with people whom I can grow with. So I am not just awkward but I desire to be around people who are going somewhere in life and who will push me. I hope you feel the same way.

But how can you find those type of friends?

You should first pray to God for the discernment and also for the wisdom to ensure that you will be with the right group. James 1:5 (NIV) says,

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” 

Trust me, God will never lead you astray.

You do not just want any friend. You need someone who will encourage you, tell you the truth even if you don’t want to hear it, and who will love you during your good and bad times.

I would also encourage you to get out of your comfort zone and try to discover some lead_large.jpgBible groups at school. If you are on the college campus, I am absolutely positive that there is at least one Christian walking around somewhere. If you are in middle or high school, it might be more difficult finding a Christian club if there is not one on campus. But if there is one, check it out! However, you can also take the initiative to create your own Bible group if you can.

However, I would also like out a fair warning before picking a Bible group. Not everyone who says that they are a Christian actually lives for God. Many people have the title of “Christian” but their actions are the complete opposite.

Matthew 7:15-16 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 

There are people out there who pervert and twist the Word of God for their own agenda. I would ask you before you even step foot in any organization (honor society, club, Bible group) to ask God for wisdom to see if this is the right fit for you. Also, even if you join a group, you should not feel obligated to stay with them. If later on, you discover that this group is not what you thought it was or if you feel God is leading you to leave then…LEAVE! Trust me, God will lead you to the right group if you truly listen to Him.

This also does not have to be about Bible groups but also when you are looking for Christian friends. Do they really love God? Are they truly living for Him? You can discover this by just the way they live. I am not saying that your friends are going to be perfect. People, even your friends, will let you down and disappoint you. However, remember this Bible verse:

1 Corinthians 15:13 NIV
“Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.'”

Whoever you begin hanging around you will find yourself acting just like them. So if you are spending time with people who are always positive and who try to do the right things then you will find yourself doing the same. It goes the same way if you are always around negative people or those who only care about themselves, then you will find yourself engaging in activities that are not right.

Lastly, before you find friends…are you even friendly? I know that this post about finding the right friend, however, you also have to first be a person that someone would like to hang around. Are you encouraging or just a gossiper? Are you trustworthy or a backstabber? Examine yourself and your heart and also remember Luke 6:31

” Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

So, if you want to find a good friend you have to first be that friend.

Also, don’t worry. From the shy girl who did not like talking to people, I made life-long friends pretty quickly from my classes by the second week of school. It was my prayer that I would make good people who had high standards for themselves and guess what? God answered my prayer! So, if you really long to make long-lasting relationships, just ask God and trust me, He will lead them to straight to you!

 

It Isn’t Just About Sex

What do you imagine when you hear the word purity? Do the word abstinence and envisioning girls wearing long skirts pop into your mind? That does for many people. However, purity is so much more than just abstaining from sex and it is not just for women. Although that is a great start, it is also living our lives pleasing unto the Lord. It is the way we think, the way we dress, and even the way we act even when we think no one is looking even though God sees everything that we do. There are people who may dress “modestly” but are still not living a pure life. The word “Purity” is defined as being

“freedom from anything that debases [reduce in quality or value], contaminates, pollutes” (dictionary.com).

Is there anything in your life that is polluting you?

Even some small things that we may think is nothing such as lying, gossiping, stealing, being jealous, telling someone off, or pushing God aside can pollute our lives. As my pastor always quotes from the Song of Solomon 2:15, “It’s the small foxes that destroy the vines.”

When we are polluted by those “small foxes” it does not also affect us but it can also contaminate others around us. There are people who are looking at our lives whether we think about or not and they do want to see a difference. There are too many counterfeit Christians out there, and I do not know about you, guys, but I do not want to be a fake Chrisitan. When we say that we are “Christians” there should be a difference. However, if we are doing the same things that everyone is doing there we are just debasing how people view the Body of Christ.

And let me get one thing straight–we are not perfect. I can testify to that, but that should not be an excuse to do wrong on purpose. There is always something we all can work on so that we can become more like Christ. That is the beauty of being a Christian because God gives us chance after chance for us to get things right and to also become better. We should be like the psalmist David when he asks God in Psalms 51:10 to,

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” 

I love this verse because that is my heart’s cry for God to clean me from the inside out. We cannot purify ourselves, but we need God’s help to become who He is calling us to be. In the Message Bible, it says, “Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean,
scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life.” It displays that it is a continuouswalking_0_10.jpg journey for us to become more like God and for Him to change us.

As Christians, we should not think we are more holy or better than anyone else but to be more like Jesus. When people begin looking at us walking down school hallways, on our jobs, in the grocery store, or anywhere we go they should not see us…but God in us. His love, His mercy, His grace, His power in our lives. That is how lives are changed. Not by what we preach, but by life we live if we walk by what we preach.

However, how can we live a pure life? Well, Psalms 119:9 tells us,

“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your Word.”

We have to ensure that we are in tune with God by reading God’s Word. His Word has a solution for every situation that we may be dealing with. How will we know how to live the way God wants us to if we are not reading His Word.

When we begin studying the Bible it is then that our minds begin to become renewed or transformed.  In Romans 12:2 (NLT) it says,

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” 

This verse displays us that we have to allow God to remodel the way we think. It is easy to just follow what everyone does because it seems acceptable by societal standards or because it seems easy. Many of the times we don’t realize that is actually hurting and separating us from God. Yet, when we allow God to change our minds through His Word, we can finally see what His will is for us which is always perfect for us even if we cannot see it at the moment.

It may seem difficult at first, but we have to make a conscious decision that we will follow God’s way instead of our own. Many people scorn purity and just think it is just about sex, but it is so much more. It is a lifestyle, a beautiful and freeing way of living,

The world is looking at us, what are we going to show them?