God my BFF and being Holy

1 Peter 1:13-15:

 

What exactly does it mean to be holy?  I mean, on my own, I am not holy. I mess up every day. Today, I lost my temper.  I felt justified, but I really wasn’t.  Let’s face it; it is hard to be good all the time. We sin all the time. We don’t mean to sin; it just happens.  We think an impure thought, have a twinge of jealousy or fear, maybe it is gluttony, or self-pity.  We are after all, human, full of faults.  The great thing is there is forgiveness.  Jesus died for our sins giving us forgiveness.   Forgiveness does not give us a license to sin; no, it gives us the responsibility to strive towards perfection.  Even though we will not achieve it, we are called to be holy.  To live a life as honorably as we possibly can.

The catch, we have to remember that accepting Jesus as our savior, we are made holy.  Being holy does not mean being perfect. It means that we follow, that we try, and we do our best to be a light for the world. We share the LOVE of Jesus with everyone that crosses our path.  Losing our temper is bad because we lose an opportunity to share God’s love. Being holy means that we strive to use every opportunity.

Being Holy means that we accept that Christ is the Messiah, the savior, the Lord of all.

Moreover, it means that we accept Christ as our BFF.  Because that is the relationship, God wants with us.  He wants to be our BFF to talk to him the same way we would our BFF. To honor him as we would a BFF. We also need to acknowledge that God is more; we are supposed to follow him. Following and obeying God makes us holy.

 

13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

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My trip to the ER and God’s hand

A week ago today, I sat in a hospital room trying to get some rest.  If you have ever been in a hospital you know how ridiculous that is.  Someone is coming into your room every half an hour turning on the lights leaving the door open. Then because of the machines, you have to press the call button and ask the nurse to turn off the lights and shut the door.  It gave me a new appreciation for nurses.  It has also given me a new appreciation for life.

The night before a terrible pain woke me up, I thought I was having a heart attack.  poor hubby had just gone to bed, when I told him we have to go to the ER.  Dressed in pajamas and slippers, sitting on an ER bed with machines hooked up to me all the beeping and dinging, I pray. I ask God to rescue me because I am not done yet.  I am not ready to stop spreading the word, explaining the word. I am not done telling people that they are wonderful creations.  I cried out to God, “God heal me”.

My heart came out of AFIB in five hours.  The cardiologist tells me that is unusual.  I tell him how frustrated the whole thing made me; I had been working so hard to get my numbers down, get back some mobility.  And I have gotten back a lot of mobility.  I was bringing my BP and my resting pulse was down to an average of 67.  My blood sugars were averaging 125.  Which is really great since just a few months prior my blood sugars were bouncing from 110 to 250.  A few months prior, I could barely walk across the room because my feet hurt so bad.

I had decided that I was not going to be that person and I stretched and did things to improve.  For the first time in years, I could sit down and put my shoes on without having to pull my leg up. I was ecstatic.  Then I crashed. But the cardiologist said something that gave me hope.  He spoke the wisdom from God. He said even healthy people, athletes can go into AFIB and many people’s hearts don’t go back into a normal rhythm on their own let alone as quickly as your did.

I should have told him that it was God.  I am not sure, I don’t remember, but I think I said I prayed.  Not only did I pray, but my husband prayed and I asked many more to pray.

I took this ugly picture  of my feet and posted it to my Instagram and shared in on my Facebook. Since I was still in the middle of everything it was a simple caption.  It said “AFIB Prayers” .  Later when I was more able, I sent out a couple of texts.  But at that point, I knew I needed more prayer, only God could heal me.

The verses that I had studied time and time again weren’t popping into my mind.  All I could think was I need God to heal me.  I could hear him whisper two things, sleep and ask for prayer.  I tried to do it backwards, but God expects us to follow the directions.

In 2 Kings 5:10, 14:  Elisha told the man to was himself in the Jordan River  seven times.

If he hadn’t followed the directs, he wouldn’t have been cleansed of the leprosy.

The same is true for us.  If we only follow half of the directions God has given us, or we follow but not in the order God gave us, it doesn’t work.  See the second time, I put forth the effort to take a picture, post it, then as I looked at my exhausted husband, touched his hand, I feel asleep.  We awoke to the doctor coming back in the room, the rhythm of my heart was back to normal.  They kept me about  10 more hours for observation, before sending me home.  Where I could rest.

I thought I was living, but I now see the difference. Living means actually enjoying life, laughing not always serious.

 

 

Cup of Coffee and Jesus

I know so many people, myself included, that make it their goal to start their day with a cup of coffee and a Bible or at least a Bible app.

It really depends on how early you wake up whether it is just the verse of the day or an actual chapter.

There are days, when I really don’t pay attention to the verse of the day either, it is just a chore that I check off.

Yesterday was one such day, I read the verse of the day and then two seconds later, I couldn’t remember a word.  It is easy to blame it on the time change.

Yet really it is me getting sloppy in my Bible reading habits, my prayer life.  When I reach that point, you know the one where you are barely spending time in the word, say an obligatory prayer

The point, where you look around and realize everything is making you angry.

That is when you realize that you are just drinking a cup of coffee.  I am ineffective in my walk with Christ, ineffective in my ministry. And it is time to remember Peter’s advice:2 Peter 1:5-8 NIV: For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Who cares about your physical color, What color is your soul?

1 Peter 2:9 NIV:  On those days when you feel as if no one is listening, no one cares remember:  But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

I can hear some of the objections, an unseen entity thinks I am Holy, why?  Because he created you and chose you to be His child.  He does not care about your emotional scars or your physical scars.  He does not care if you are in jail or have been in jail. He does not care about any of your groups. He does not care about the color of your skin. He doesn’t even care if you are in a wheelchair.  God sees you as His creation Beautiful. Once you accept Jesus as your personal savior; you become His and Holy

 

What is in a number?

In The Revelation of Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior, there are letters to 7 churches. These letters make frequent use of the number 7.   Seven lampstands, seven angels, seven stars, and seven churches.  Some things referring to other things.  lampstands=churches, stars=angels. However, the first thing that we should seek is honest evaluation of our own walk.  Are we too tolerant of sin? Do we ignore sin and say oh it is their issue? Let me tell you a person’s salvation is partially your responsibility.  If God has placed a person in your hands, then you have the responsibility to pray for their Salvation. If there are words that you should say, God will give you the words at the right time.  See that is why the truth is everyone’s acceptance of Jesus is their own decision. Our part is to pray.  What if we know someone is living in sin?  Again pray for them.  If there are words that you should say, God will give them to you at the right time.

We have to examine ourselves against Jesus’ warning to the churches.  I cannot determine the state of anyone’s soul but my own.  So often you hear Christians speaking poorly about other Christians.  If I have first hand knowledge, and have been convicted by the Holy Spirit to talk to them or to warn against them; then this is what Jesus means by not tolerating evil doers in your church.  This refers to people who are deliberately trying to tear down the church or other Christians.  If something is Biblically unsound, we must draw a line.  Someone that is unrepentant and living in sin that will negatively affect the church, then church leaders must prayerful consider removing that person. A person that is not in a position of leadership and not trying to disrupt the church, this is someone that you should pray for their return. Please note we are not talking about the day to day sin that people do.  This is referring to unrepentant unbiblical behavior.  

There are so many Moral issues facing the world today, just as they were in Sodom and Gomorrah. our responsibility to these people is to pray and wait for the Holy Spirit’s instructions.

Don’t forget the Light

John 1-5: Life in this world is hard.  There is so much darkness. The true meaning of a rainbow is being distorted. There are people who slaughter many because of the darkness.  It seems to be taking over.  However, there is hope. It is not in the next political election. It is not in man. It is in the one true light. The hope of the world is in the one true light. Verse 5 states the light shines in the darkness. And the darkness has not overcome the light. It is hard, because the darkness can be found even in places where it should not be found.  Some of our churches are filled with darkness. There is judgment where there should be love.  There are churches were not everyone is made to feel welcomed. There are churches that look at a person’s past and the belief is they cannot change. Alone we are unable to change. Change comes through the Lord. The Lord is the light. Yet, sometimes we put our belief in man,  and think that if we could only become like them, then we would be accepted.  This is a grave mistake. When we put our trust in man, we fail. We forget to remember that God accepts us just as we are. And God is the one that sometimes slowly, and sometimes very quickly changes us.  I have heard stories about complete transformations at the point of Salvation and others it takes time. This does not make them less and the others, the ones who are changed quickly more. It just means God has decided that this one, needs more molding, more work, and more time. It is not our place to judge whether someone is a good Christian. Yes we can look at their fruits and say ah Good fruit. But my relationship with God is my own. Just as your relationship with God is your own. No one can determine it except for the Light. The Light is the only place where we can put our trust. It will not fail, it will not judge –not until the end. And if we have the Light, then our slate will be clean before the Judge. To God each of us is a marvelous creation. So even though there maybe people who you do not find pleasing do not judge them, they are God’s creation, and as God’s creation he will mold them. Our job is to be a vessel of the one true Light. To follow as he leads us, to change as he changes us. As a vessel of the one true Light, our job is to share his love without reservation to others. If God puts someone in our lives, then it is our job to Love them without prejudice, without reservation. Because they are God’s work and not ours.

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome  it.

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