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The Real Reason for the Season!!! <3

Christmas…

That special time of the year, where everyone hustles and bustles to get that perfect Christmas gift. 

I’m not going to lie, sometimes it may be fun and I’ve found myself to be consumed with the shopping every now and again,

But what do we think about when we truly think about Christmas? 

I mean… the REAL meaning of Christmas. 

It’s not called CHRIST-mas for nothing, you know.

I’ll give you a little history lesson, and I’ll make it easy to understand. 

  Way back when, over 2,000 years ago

there was a little boy who was born whose name was Jesus. 

He wasn’t just an ordinary boy, He was the Son of God, a Holy King. 

He was born with a purpose in mind. 

His destiny?….

to die and become a ransom for many. 

He paid the very price of our sin. What we were, He became… when He was innocent.

But He took it ALL for US! 

He saw the JOY that was set before Him, so He endured the cross. 

THAT was the GIFT that was given to us.

It was free for us, but it cost HIM a heavy price…

His LIFE!!!

Our gift was Salvation. 

“That whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have EVERLASTING life!”

(John 3:16)

“To those who receive and except that salvation, He gave the RIGHT to be CALLED the children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were reborn, not with a physical birth, or the will of the flesh or the will of man, but of God.”

(John 1: 12-13)

I am a daughter of the Most High because of what Christ did for me on that cross.

But I, in return had to give something to Him. 

Call it the “Catch” if you will, or the fine lines in a contract.

In return I had to surrender my life to Him, no longer am I my own, but I belong to HIM! 

And that’s the glorious thing about it. 

“For we don’t live for ourselves or die for ourselves. If we live, it’s to honor the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.”

(Romans 14: 7-8)

That is the true gift and the real meaning of CHRIST-mas. 

HE is the REAL reason for the season! 

Let’s remember that when we come together with our loved ones. 

Because God loved US so much that He SENT His son to be born in a manger

with ONE purpose in mind. 

The GIFT OF SALVATION!!!

MERRY CHRIST-mas EVERYONE 

AND HAVE A BLESSED NEW YEAR!!!

 

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The Burden that Compels the Heart

What does one see when they see our youth?

Photo taken by Crystal Image Photo Art

The generation of this time…

Can we say that our view of our youth is a good one? Or better yet, how is our youth portrayed in society?

If the answer to that question is a “no” or the way society or the “world” views our youth is a disturbing picture that we do not care to mention, than maybe that’s the problem!

Our view on this generation is so poor that we have given up caring one way or another about them. The thought bothers me. Lately, I have been losing sleep about it. Where is the sting of repentance? There is no true burden in our hearts anymore for this youth. I believe there are a rare few who have it, but what about the rest of us? There are how many billions of people in this world? Over half of them are youth, and many of those youth, according to society, will be highschool dropouts, end up in prison, many young teenage girls will become pregnant, and many already come from broken homes. According to an article in “Christian Today” from the youth that go to church 2 out of 3 of those youth will leave the church after graduating highschool.

What is wrong with THAT picture?

I say…EVERYTHING!

We, as adults, talk about our youth as if there is no hope for them anymore. That pains me, because instead of praying and fasting for them and weeping for them we have become spectators in a game of “Battle Ship”. What we fail to understand is that they need an encounter with God just as much as we do. But I think we are more so looking for our own encounter with God that we have forgotten that there are others fighting the same spiritual battle that we are fighting. 

I understand that we can grow tired of everyday life and we have our needs but the word of God says that we should not “grow weary in doing good for in due season we shall reap if we faint not” (Galatians 6:9), which means if we do not lose heart!

Our youth may be heading into a dark and dangerous path if we do not take a stand NOW and snatch them back from the darkness and into the light.

I, myself, have to repent of this lack of burden for this young generation. There is purpose for them still. Instead of tearing them down with our words, passing judgement on them because they lack respect or fail to see the right, we need to lead them. All they need is a leader who will guide them, love them and care for them. They are being misled by the lusts of this world and they do not see because there are not many who are willing to take on that HUGE burden in their hearts that will COMPEL them to move, compel them to advocate, and compel them to act, that come hell or high water no one is going to stop them from snatching back this youth from the fire and into God’s Holy light.

The youth of this generation is crying out for someone to save them, they are constantly being cast down by the words of society and they no longer know what it feels like to be free of the image that has been put upon them. They can’t tell you what real love is anymore because we have failed to show them what real love is. They no longer know what innocence is because we have only showed them corruption. They run from one thing to another seeking love and gratification but because we haven’t shown them how to seek the truth.

Beloved,

We MUST come to a point in our lives where we have to envision this youth as a key that will lead the coming generations to Christ. They have the potential to do that, but we have to see it.

If we don’t reach them first than the things that we dread the most will. It’s a scary thought isn’t it?

“Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.”

(Matthew 19:14)

If Jesus thought of them in such a beautiful light, and He saw them as a priceless jewel that He would die for them just as He died for us…than how much more, because of His joy should we think them precious enough to fight for their salvation, fight for their innocence, and fight for their SOULS!

They need us to not give up on them, they need us to stand up on their behalf, they need us to…..

PRAY FOR THEM….

they need us to…..

STAND IN THE GAP FOR THEM….

they need us to….

 WEEP FOR THEM!!!

If there is no one to do it? If there is no one to lead them? How will THEY lead a generation? Unless we rise and take up the BURDEN, how will they hear the good news?

“How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?

And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of good news, who bring glad tidings of good things!'”

(Romans 10:14-15)

The burden I’m talking about is not the burden that most might think. It’s not a burden that becomes a drag for doing it, but it’s the burden in our heart that compels us to take action. Such a burden is not just a weight on our shoulders but a heaviness in our hearts so deep that we can no longer go on seeing our youth in the disparity they are in.

They cry, they hurt, some want out, and some try to find a way out by drugs, alcohol, sex, and even suicide.

WE ARE NOT LISTENING!!! WE ARE NOT SEEING!!! WE ARE NOT LEADING!!!

Leaders……rise up and lead!!! They need us…all of us!

If we don’t, than someone else will. The question is, who is that someone?

Imagine a youth taking a stand, following Christ and leading others to Christ in the same way with a burden that is placed on their hearts.

I can! And I will!

Picture taken by Crystal Image Photo Art (www.tiffanylee22.wordpress.com)

THE BURDEN!!!!


Regrets!!! (For the young)

Has anyone ever had any regrets in life?

I know that there are many people who say “Live your life without any regrets, the mistakes you make learn from them. But have no regrets.”

Those are good words right there. I believe, in life, that we should not have any regrets. It may be a cliche to say that but there’s truth to that very statement. “No Regrets!”

But what about when you do?

Life is not always perfect, it usually comes with some hard times. I know this, believe me.

I’m saying this because, I, the imperfect creature that I am, have some regrets in life. I can name some but there is one thing that I regret the most and the one thing that I would like to focus on all the more.

My regrets:

I regret not living up to the standards God would have me to live. Even though it’s most likely impossible to achieve that standard, I regret giving up all to easily instead of pushing through just a little bit harder.

I regret treating my parents the way I did when I was younger, taking advantage of them and only thinking about myself. Even though seeing those things in my life and changing them, with the Lord’s help of course, it made me into a better woman and quite possibly, a better daughter. I’ve grown from that, but what I didn’t realize was the stress that would still drag along from all those years that is still affecting the people I love today.

I regret not taking God at His word when certain situations would come up and I wanted to do things on my own ability. I failed miserably without God.

The one thing I truly regret is not putting my all in highschool when I know I could have been that A+ student. I was capable of getting a scholarship to any college I would have applied to. Instead, I did my least when I should have done my best. I was hardly at school, always home doing my own thing. I didn’t put the effort I know I could have put in. I was super smart, but I didn’t give myself the chance. I gave up way to soon. Though I graduated from highschool, I barely made it. Now I’m in college at 27 years old. I started late, but now I have a purpose. I see that I am an A student and I’m probably one of the top Math students in my class, involved in the Math club at the college and one of the many top students in our Opticianry class. My work and study habits are exceptional and I push for nothing but the best out of myself. I see all these great traits in me now and I can’t help but be a little disappointed in myself. If I could have put this much effort back in highschool than college would have been over for me a long time ago, I could have been that doctor I wanted to become and my life would have been starting. Though I don’t regret all of it. That time of my life only made me realize how much more of God I needed. And all of that brought me to where I am now. I should not dwell on the past, because the future is only ahead. But if I can maybe, even the slightest bit encourage the young teenagers of this generation with these small regrets, than maybe…just maybe…they can take themselves seriously and learn from me.

For the teenagers:

Read that book that you don’t want to read because your friends might think you’re not cool.

Put some time aside just for studying on the weekends, if only to refresh your memory of what you learned during the week.

Get that extra help after school if you don’t understand something.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Be yourself, instead of trying to be with the “in” crowd.

Take time and think about your life, your future, and how you treat your family. Odds are…if you don’t notice, someone else will and put you in your place. Drop the attitude…believe me…if you can nip it in the butt now, you will save yourself a long time of regrets.

Learn more of God…you are not guaranteed your next breath. Just because you are young it doesn’t mean you’re invincible. I’ve known or heard of too many young kids slip into eternity, just like that. And not many of them that knew Christ.

The one thing that I DO NOT regret is staying pure for God. Even at 27 years old, I am single and have never been married. I have never known a man in any sexual way…just staying pure for that one that God is preparing for me. Believe me, if I can do it, even though I was an outgoing, outspoken teenager, you can do it. There are too many young kids having babies and they can’t even support themselves. Purity is a sacred thing and the most beautiful gift you can ever give to your husband or wife. God loves a pure heart. Trust me…you will not regret it!!!


Love! Love! Love! <3

(1 Corinthians 13:4-8; AMP)

4. Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.5  It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].6  It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.7  Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].8  Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].

 

Love is such a powerful thing! Think of it, Christ died because of love. God spared us from an eternity in hell because of love. God gave His only Son because of love. We have continually been rebellious, unforgiving, cruel and unkind, and unloving to a more than loving sovereign King! But here God teaches us a little something on love, though it should speak volumes to every individual saved and unsaved…especially the saved! We are more so held accountable because we are His offspring! We should love the most because we represent the King who is EVERYTHING and LOVE!!! I will be the 1st to put myself out there as unloving…I have not lived up to these scriptures…I have not loved as Christ would have wanted me to love…

LOVE, without restraint…

LOVE, without condemnation or judgement…

LOVE, without barrier or restriction!

LOVE, with conviction and passion…

LOVE, in truth and liberty!!!

LOVE with acceptance, even the flaws…

LOVE no matter what the cost!!!

Because God loved us with such intent passion, He loved us with all our flaws and wretchedness!!! The evidence of

 such love was the very being that cost Him…LOVE came with a hefty price!

But it was love nontheless…

a Man hanging on a tree, broken, bloodied, nailed…innocence!!!

God demonstrated His love by this very picture of Jesus!

In His innocence He bore OUR guilt and became the guilty, the cursed, the wretchedness of humanity…

and He was not spared, nor did He want to be!

Why?

Because He saw the JOY that was set before Him so He endured the cross.

The true passion of the Christ…was the unconditional, unwavering, and unfathomable love of Jesus!

LOVE WITHOUT RESTRAINT,

LOVE WITHOUT COMPROMISE,

THE LOVE THAT BEARS EVERYTHING!

In return we should have that same love towards others and of course Christ.

Love with desperation and passion…LOVE WITH A PURPOSE!!!!!

AMEN!!!

 


SOMETHING GREAT FOR 2011 AND BEYOND!!!!

    In this day and age there are great people and there are GREAT people. I don’t use this term lightly.  There are people who were born great, ordinary people, wonderful personalities, caring and giving, modest and special. They were born with the laughter and smiles that light up the world, bringing joy to people everywhere they go even if they are weathering their own little storms. Those people are exceptional and okay with ordinary things of life, taking it one day at a time and enjoying what they have. And that’s great, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that because we sure do need a lot more people like that in the times we are living in. But than there are those people who were born to DO something GREAT. They are great because through the sweat, blood and tears, through many trials and adversities they did what no else could do or wanted to do. They did something GREAT. Of course, we also need people like that. If those people didn’t press through the hardships we wouldn’t have what we have now that so many take advantage of. For example, if Humphrey Davy never invented the lightbulb, Thomas Edison would have never perfected it and we’d still be using lanterns and candles for light. It would be as if we were living in the stone ages. If Wilbur and Orville Wright (the Wrights brothers) never invented the airplane we would be traveling on the ground or by boat to our destinations, and it would take us weeks or months to get to where we need to go instead of the 2-4 hour flights it takes now. If somone did not take the initiative to build the car engine or the car battery to make the car run, we’d still have to ride on horse and carriages. And with the luxuries we have now, like the computer or the cell phone, if all that was taken away it would be a nightmare. Everything we rely on is in the technology of this age and the ideas and inventions of others. Now bare with me because I’m actually going somewhere with this. You see, those people decided to step out, even when others may have thought they were crazy for thinking the way they did, or mocking them because they didn’t believe it could be done, that it was just there imaginations that were too much for their own limited and boxed up minds. They decided to go up against society and the limitations of what “could not” be done and they did it. No questions asked. They believed it and they made up their minds to accomplish the impossibilities and the unimaginable, no matter what the cost. Their non-wavering faith in what they believed in, many years later, resulted in people dwelling in houses that have electricity, light, they have a faster way of travel, technology beyond what anyone could comprehend. What people may have thought was impossible became the possible through certain individuals who decided to step up and stand out. Our society thrives on the technological advancements of those who believed in what they were born to do.

     Now take Jesus, a carpenter, a Son born of a human being, a Man that society rejected. Why? Because He knew that He was the Son of God. He was God in the flesh. He did things that many people did not believe in or struggled to believe in, even though He did the miraculous and impossible in front of their eyes. “Look, you scoffers and scorners, and marvel and perish and vanish away; for I am doing a deed in your days, a deed which you will never have confidence in or believe, [even] if someone [clearly describing it in detail] declares it to you” (Acts 13:41, Amplified). Also the Bible says in Habakkuk 1:5 “Look around you, replied the Lord, among the nations and see! And be astonished! Astounded! For I am putting into effect a work in your days [such] that you would not believe it if it were told you.” But either way Jesus made a huge impact. He challenged those who were so-called “spiritual” and He challenged those who were sinners and unworthy to stand before a God so righteous. But which one took the challenges He gave and actually did something with it? I’ll tell you that it was those who were less likely to be voted “Spiritual Leader of the Year”. They all had a decision to make. No one was exempt. And He didn’t give each one more or less than the other. It was all the same message, one Gospel. There was not one that was holier or full of more sin than the other. They were all given the same opportunity. But it was those who believed that Jesus was the Christ. It was those who believed in the power of the message. Those who believed the impossiblities with God can truly become possible. Those are the ones that took it and became something GREAT. Maybe not in societies eyes, because they were already rejected by society. But in the eyes of the most important One…God, and the eyes of those who actually believed. Those people, through Jesus Christ, did GREAT things because they knew that their were people who needed someone who was going to do what others wouldn’t normally do. Those specific people took God’s challenge, believed in it, and made a decision to serve God, serve people, bring the Gospel to ALL the nations, and come hell or high water they weren’t going to be silenced, they weren’t going to be stopped, and they weren’t going to be persuaded otherwise. They were going to take the whole cousel of God and bring it to the lost and dieing and the people who needed a Savior. These people were GREAT! They took what many generations thought they could do without and turned it around.

     Saul, who was a great pharisee, someone who imprisoned Christians and gave consent to have them killed and watched while it happened, was thrown off is “high horse” (literally) and came to the knowledge and revelation of Christ. Later being named Paul, He took that testimony and that gospel and became GREAT for Christ. He was one that didn’t stop when it was too hard or difficult. He decided that he was going to run the race until the end, even if it cost him his life. Which it did, later on. Proof that he was not just all talk and no action. I like the way James in the bible puts it, he says, “But someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe-and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?” (James 2:18-20). Paul was this man that SHOWED his faith by what he did in Christ. He was ALL about ACTS!

     What is going to take for many of us to make a decision for Christ? I want to do great things for God…to do that is to start where I am at now. I don’t just want to be ordinary. We were all born to be great. But it’s the decision that we make that will lead us there. Everyday I have a conscious decision to make that when I wake up in the morning, I’m waking up to go to work. And then after work, I make the decision whether I should go home or hang out or do something else. I make a decision to eat at the time I’m going to eat and so forth. It’s the same with Christianity. I wake up in the morning and decide am I going to serve Christ today or am I going to serve the world? It is a decision we all have to make. The bible says to work out our own salvation, “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absense, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasures” (Philippians 2:12-13).

     I decided for Christ a long time ago and I’m still choosing Him. But the decision to become great for Him still lies within us and our own ability to decide if we just want the ordinary things of life or the extra-ordinary things of life. Which is what God originally ordained for us. The GREAT commission. It’s not called GREAT for no reason. It’s a great responsibility to take on. We have to decide once and for all whose side are we on? If not God’s, then whose? You see, I have a thought that if I just do what is expected of me from society and culture, such as to settle down, get married, have children, become successful in my career and make money to live and retire comfortably, or to just be a simple ministry worker and nothing more…than I’m already empty, I’ve missed the mark that God had destined for me. I mean, don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with those things, because I do desire those things…family, and a good home and be involved in ministry, and it’s great for those who want exactly that. But I just can’t help the feeling that there has to be something more. I don’t want to be recognized to be given a pat on the back and say ‘good job’. It’s more than that…I want to follow Christ to the point that there is nothing left for me but to continue following Him and when the time comes and I have to stand before Him God Himself will be able to tell me “Well Done!”

     In my life right now, there is this big hole, like something’s missing. When I’m telling someone about the gospel of Christ I can’t help feeling unsatisfied. Like I want more, I want miracles, I want God’s power moving through this city and nation. I want healings, not just physically, but mentally, emotionally, spiritually in people’s lives. I want to see that happen. So I leave that person I’m talking to with an unsatisfied feeling, if they do not accept Christ, what is it that I could have done more. It’s not enough for me. In Zechariah 3:1-2 “Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the Lord, and satan standing at his right side to accuse him. The Lord said to satan, ‘The Lord rebuke you, satan! The Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?’ ” Those words right there are powerful, to describe a man as a “burning stick snatched from the fire!” That’s how all Christians should see a soul. What else can I do but proclaim the glorious gospel to those who are headed for the fire. Which is why I am unsatisfied, I want more. I’m not saying I want to be the greatest person, I just want to help people, I don’t want to sit back and accomplish nothing. I don’t want to be an on-looker, I want to be in the race. I feel empty without God and if I’m not doing something for Him, I can’t escape the feeling I’m missing something big, and I’m not working to the full potential God has created me to do. I was not built for sitting back, I was built to stand up! As a massage therapist and a person who is in the medical field I can say that our bodies literally were not made for sitting down for long periods of time. It’s not good for our health. We can only sit for so long, than we’d have to start doing something and putting our legs to good use. Without movement there is very little blood circulation in the body. That is the same in Christianity.

     If we take a look at those people who defyed the impossible to do what they believed in doing and actually accomplished it even though they were mocked and society didn’t believe in it, than how much more can we do it if God is on our side and He is not limited by our own limitations. Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to the Father” (John 14:12-13).  This year…2011…is a new year…we can’t change what we did in 2010 or in the years prior. But today is a new day, and “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. I say to myself ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him’ ” (Lamentations 3: 22-24).  So let’s take this year and make that great move to serve Him and live for Him with more passion and conviction than we ever have before!!!

AMEN!!!

Mark 16:15-20…..THE GREAT COMMISSION

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover. So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.”


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