GOD’S PROBLEM

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WHO ARE YOU REPRESENTING?

Lord please bless my writing today and give me the words for this five minute blog.

Christians, who do you represent?

Who do you represent? As Christians, each one of us is called to be an ambassador of Christ. Our friends, families, neighbors and coworkers are watching us. Are we separate from the world? Are we different from those who are not children of Christ?

Who else do you represent?

In addition to Christ, we each have roles of people that we represent? African Americans? Asians? Hispanics? Husbands? Wives? Mothers? Fathers? Teens? Seniors? People with physical disabilities? People with mental disabilities? Our career titles? Who are we representing? And are we doing it well?

Who do I represent?

I represent white women, wives, over age 60. I have bipolar depression and borderline personality disorder so I represent people with mental disabilities. But my greatest role is that of a child of the one true King, Jesus Christ.

Let us remember

Let us each remember we are representing ourselves to others and act accordingly. Our reputation is valuable and can be destroyed within minutes. Remember, if we have repented of our sins and trusted in Jesus we belong to Him and we represent Him to others every day. We were bought with a price. That price was the blood of Jesus when He died on the cross in our place.

You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. 1 Corinthians 6:20

Dear Father,

Help us to remember each one of us, as Christians, represent Jesus every day. We are called to be a light in a dark world. In addition to being ambassadors for Christ we each have unique roles and people that we represent. May all that we say and do bring honor and glory to Jesus. In His name I pray. Amen.

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WILL YOU ANSWER THE CALL?

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? “ And I said, “ Here am I, send me!” Isaiah 6:8

I Have Gone

I have literally knocked on the door of every neighbor on my street. I have written out invitations for a ladies brunch at my home and invited all of my neighbors. I have done this several times but only one lady showed up. This lady is a Christian and we had a very nice visit. My hope was that I could build a friendship with many of my neighbors and then invite them to church where they could hear the gospel preached.

Passing Out Gospel Tracts

If you know me at all, you know I love to share the gospel with others. I have prayed and asked God to help me to be like Montiel, an old lady who shared the gospel with anyone and everyone she met. I am not as bold as she was. Rather than taking the bold approach I pass out gospel tracts. I give them to cashiers at Dollar Tree, Dollar General, the grocery store, the restaurants (regular and and fast food) and I am considering knocking on the door of my neighbors once again to give them each a tract.

So Cheap Yet So Valuable

For $12.00 I just purchased 100 Halloween tracts. I wish I had trick or treaters come to our door- I would put a tract in each bag. There are a big bunch of pumpkins on a card and you have to find which pumpkin is different. On the back is the gospel. It was $6.00 for 100 plus $6.00 shipping. You can buy 20, 40, 60, 80 or 100. There are many different styles of tracts to choose from; you don’t need to buy Halloween tracts. The company I order from is called Moments With The Book. One tract could mean the difference between your friend, family member, cashier, waitress, neighbor or coworker going to hell or going to heaven.

Jesus is Calling

The Lord is saying to you right now, right here today, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” Will you answer God’s call and pass out gospel tracts to your friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, waitresses, and cashiers? Let’s each one win one for Jesus.

Dear Father,

Please help us to have a burden for lost souls. Help us to remember people today need Jesus. You call us, each one of us, to be the light of the work. Please give us courage and boldness to share our faith with those around us. And Holy Spirit, if there is a reader reading this who has never repented of their sin and trusted in Jesus Christ, may they do so today. In Jesus name I pray, amen.

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HOW TO GET TO HEAVEN

TheBible says that we can know for sure that we will have eternal life and go to heaven after we die. Is it by keeping God’s commandments? Doing the sacraments? Going to church? Being baptized? Giving to the poor? No. None of these are good enough to get to heaven.

The Bible says that we are all full of sin- none of us are holy enough or righteous enough to go to heaven. We need to repent of our sins and put our faith in Jesus. “If we confess our sins He is faithful enough to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. I John 1:9. “ For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not come into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16, 17

Jews, Gentiles, Muslims, Atheists, Buddhists, Agnostics, Hindus there is one God in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. We all must come to Jesus and put our faith in Him. He died on the cross. He paid for our sins. He offers us the free gift of eternal life. We just need to repent and believe in Jesus. If we do that, He promises to give us eternal life with Him in heaven. We will live in mansions. We will walk on streets of gold. We will see more beautiful sights than we can possibly imagine.

Christians, have you done this? Have you believed and received Jesus? Have you had your sins forgiven? Have you been adopted into the family of God? Do you know for sure that you will receive eternal life? If the answer to these questions is yes why aren’t you sharing this good news with others? Why don’t you share this blog with your friends, family, coworkers and neighbors? Or forget this blog and share the gospel with them yourself. Why don’t you share what God has done for you?

Dear Jesus,

I ask if there is any person reading this blog who has never trusted in Jesus, please help them to repent of their sins and trust in you. For Christians reading this blog may they be inspired to share the gospel with friends, family, coworkers and neighbors. Life is so short. None of us are guaranteed that we will be alive tomorrow. Today is the day to choose Jesus and to share Jesus with others. In your name I pray, amen.

GOD’s LOVE FOR US
IS DEEPER THAN THE OCEAN

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A GENEROUS GIFT

I write for a group called Five Minute Friday. They give me a one word writing prompt. Today’s word is generous. I have five minutes to write about generosity..

Oh, this is going to be easy, I thought. I am very generous. I thought of examples of my own generosity to the poor and the hurting. Then I read a couple of other people’s blogs. They wrote about the generosity of others and the generosity of God. I felt ashamed of myself for my pride.

God gave His only Son. He let him be whipped, humiliated and nailed to a cross. Jesus gave His life and willingly died on a cross for us. He paid for all of our sins. The Bible says if we confess our sins, ask God to forgive us, turn from our sins and trust in Jesus He will give us eternal life. We will live in beautiful mansions and walk on streets of gold. There will be no more tears, sickness, suffering or death in heaven. What could possibly be more generous than that? I could never sacrifice one of my own children the way God did for us.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that whoever believes on Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I John 1:9

For whoever shall call on the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13

Thank you Father for the generous gift of your Son. Thank you Jesus for dying on the cross and giving me eternal life after I repented of my sins and trusted in you. Remind us often of your generous gift to us. If there is a reader who has never repented and believed in your Son may do so right now, right here today.

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FORGETTING THE PAST

I am writing a five minute blog for a group called Five Minute Friday. [I always go a little over the 5 minute blog because I always add a Bible passage and a prayer.]

Jesus tells us to forget the past and move onward. If we have confessed our sins to Jesus, asked for forgiveness and trusted in His shed blood on the cross we have been reconciled to God. It is not easy to forget the past. We need help: from God, friends, family and even from a good therapist.

If we have done wrong we need to accept responsibility for what we have done, apologize, make amends and ask for forgiveness. We do not need to live in the past filled with shame and guilt, and apologize over and over again. God loves us. He has forgiven us. We need to have some self compassion, forgive ourselves and forget our past. We need to focus on Jesus and His great love for us. We do this by going to a Bible preaching church, meditating on Scripture, building up good Christian friendships and listening to Christian music. I recently did this by Googling Bible verses about God’s love for me.

For God loved you so much that He gave His only Son so that if you believe in Him, you will not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn you, but but He sent His Son so you would be saved.

Dear Father,

Help us to forget the sins of our past. We are all sinful. If there is a reader who has never repented of their sin and trusted in Jesus, may they do so today. If there is one who is struggling with their past help them to forget the past and move forward. May you lead them to a therapist who will help them. Lead them to a Bible preaching church. Help them to read the Bible every day, for in it they will find the truth. The truth will set them free. Help them to Google Bible verses about your love for them. To You be all of the glory, honor and praise, now and forever. Amen.

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STEP 2: JESUS IS MY HIGHER POWER

In difficult times some people turn to alcohol; others turn to dugs; some have a cigarette; some turn to pornography or sex; and others turn to people. I turn to food. When I am hungry, bored, lonely, stressed or depressed I turn to food.

Step 1 in AA and in Christian Recovery is admitting that I am powerless over my eating and my life has become unmanageable. My weight is the highest it has ever been- more than it was during four pregnancies. I look at my body sideways in the mirror and I am totally disgusted. God tells us to take good care of our bodies- I am destroying mine with the garbage that I am consuming.

For most of the week I have been meditating on Step One Scriptures and Devotionals in my Serenity New Testament and Psalms. Step One is admitting we are powerless over our dependencies and our life has become unmanageable. The Bible has a lot to say about our hurts, habits and hang ups. Life is hard. Life is painful. Life is a struggle.

Today I started to meditate on Scripture for Step Two. “We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” Well that Power is Jesus Christ. Jesus, Creator of the universe, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Jesus can give me victory over this addiction to the garbage that I am poisoning my body with.

Nothing is too hard for Jesus Christ. He loves me. He is filled with compassion for me. He wants to help me to feel healthier, happier, and prettier. “This same Savior who could speak kind and encouraging words to a woman caught in adultery, who could raise someone from the dead, drive out demons, and control the very forces of nature” can help me overcome my struggle with overeating. [Serenity Recovery New Testament and Psalms]. Whatever you are struggling with, Jesus Christ is the Higher Power that can give you victory.

Tonight I am going to a weekly CR group. What is a CR group? It is a Christ Centered 12 Step Christian Group based on the 12 Steps of AA and the 8 Biblical principles found in the Beattitudes. We sing praise and worship songs and then have a speaker. We pray the long version of the Serenity prayer together. Then we break up into smaller groups to discuss what the speaker said and/ or how we are doing. I go to a smaller church so we only have two groups: a men’s group and a women’s group. We encourage each other and build each other up. It is so much better to do this in a group than to try to do this alone. I love my CR group. There are CR groups in churches all over the United States. You will be warmly welcomed and accepted if you should try going to a group. Lives have been changed in these groups.

Behold, my Servant, whom I have chosen, the One I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on Him, and He will proclaim justice to the nations. He will not quarrel nor cry out; no one will hear His voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick He will not snuff out, til He has brought justice through to victory. Matthew 12:19-20

Dear Jesus,

I am a bruised reed and a smoldering wick. I have been damaged by many hurts in my life and when I am feeling hurt, lonely stressed or worried I eat. Please forgive me for turning to something besides You the God of all comfort. I thank you Lord that you have not broken me, destroyed me, or taken my life. As long as I am alive I will continue to persevere. Help me Jesus to overcome my cravings both mentally and physically for something besides You to fill my hunger. Help me Jesus to realize, to know beyond any shadow of a doubt that You can and You will restore me to eating wisely and sanely. I pray for my reader who is struggling today. Please help her or him to turn to You in their hour of need. Help them to know how much you love them. Help them to know that You alone can meet every need that we have in this life. In Jesus name I pray, amen.

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Satanic attack versus the Love of God

EARLY MORNING THOUGHTS

Do you ever wake up first thing in the morning with a negative thought? Do you wake up with a thought that is sure to send you into the depths of depression, fear, or some other negative emotion? Do you wake up with a thought that is planted in your mind by the devil himself?

MY FIRST THOUGHT THIS MORNING

I woke up this morning and my first thought was, “You abused your children. You ruined your children’s lives.”Thirty plus years ago I was an abusive mother. I hurt the very children I loved and I did not give them the happy, loving, nurturing childhood they deserved. My granddaughter recently asked me, “Why are you so nice to us and you beat out Mom?” I tried to explain to a twelve year old child that it was thirty years ago, that I am not the same person I was thirty years ago, that I had a chemical imbalance in my brain, and I could not control my temper. I did not know I could take medicine to make my brain work better. I told her I played games with her mom, took her to the playground, the beach, the movies and the zoo and I tried really hard to be a good mother. “And that makes it okay?” She asked me. “ No, it was not okay. It was terrible. I have told your mom many times how sorry I am. I wish I had not done that but I cannot change what I did. All I can do is try to be a nice person today.” I ould tell she did not like my answer. She was cool toward me for most of the visit. But the guilt from that question has lingered in my mind for almost a week now.

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

What about you? Do you ever wake up first thing in the morning with a negative thought that comes from Satan himself? It may be shame and guilt over your past. It may be fear over your future. It may be depression. It may be low self esteem. It may be some other negative emotion. It may be the trial you find yourself in today. What do you do?

WHAT WORKED FOR ME

Well, I could not call a friend to pray with me at 6:30 in the morning so I prayed for myself and asked God to help me. I am on a daily Bible reading plan so I read some Psalms- prayers to God which I said amen to. That helped. Then I googled Bible verses guilt over my past. One of the links had 100+ Bible verses about guilt over my past. Soaking myself in Scripture totally helped me. I was reminded of God’s love for me and reminded to put the past behind me and press onward.

WHAT GOD SAYS IN HIS WORD

If you have unconfessed sin, confess it to God. If you have never repented of your sin and turned to Jesus and put your faith in Him, that is the first step. When we confess our sin, He forgives us. We do not have to confess the sins of our past over and over again. He tells us to put the past behind us. He tells us not to worry about our future. He tells us to delight in Him, trust in Him, read His Word, focus on Him. When we keep our eyes on Jesus and trust in Him He will give us victory over those painful thoughts. We need to pray, to rebuke Satan and his demonic thoughts and claim the victory we have because of the power of the cross. Jesus paid for our sins. We are forgiven. He is with us. He will help us with whatever trial we are going through.

MY NEXT GOOGLE SEARCH

Next I am going to Google Bible verses about the love of God. There are so many verses about God’s love for us. God dearly, deeply, loves us. He died for us. What more can He do to prove how much He loves us?

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?… No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans8:35-39

Thank you Heavenly Father for your mercy, love and grace. You are a God of compassion. You promise to forgive us when we confess our sin to you. You promise to redeem us and adopt us into Your family when we turn from our sin and believe in Jesus. You promise to give us victory through the power of the cross. You promise to be with us always. You tell us to take every thought captive. So when we have those negative thoughts let us rebuke the devil and meditate on Bible verses about Your love. I thank you for saving me, for paying for all of my son on the cross and for Your forgiveness. In Jesus name I pray, amen.

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TOGETHER WE STAND

“We are stronger together than we are apart.” Who said that? I don’t remember who said it but it is true. “United we stand, divided we fall. .” That is another old saying. What does this mean to us right now, here today?

MARRIAGE

God says marriage is like that. In Ephesians chapter six that we are supposed to submit one to another. The Bible teaches us to build up our spouse (or our family member, friend, church member) and not tear them down. Together we are to love God, love each other, and love other people.

YOUR TOGETHER

You may not have a spouse but you have a family. You may not have a family but there is always a Bible preaching church that will welcome you. If you repent of your sins and believe in Jesus’s death, burial and resurrection you are part of God’s family.

CHRISTIAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS

Christians face so much opposition in this country today but together, if we have unity, we will survive the worst storms life has to offer us. Let us face heartache, sickness, suffering, loss, trials and temptation together. Then we will survive and even thrive.

WHAT DOES GOD SAY?

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: if either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm… though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Dear Father,

When facing trials and temptations help us to go to You and face these things together. Help us to be united in our marriages, families, friendships and in our churches.Today let us send someone a card, call someone who is lonely, bring a bag of groceries to someone who is struggling, or invite someone over for dinner. Today let us do one nice thing to build someone up. In Jesus name I pray, amen.

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BE STEADFAST, UNMOVABLE

I am writing a 5 minute blog for my Five Minute Friday group. Here is my five minute blog.

Be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord for your labor is not in vain in him. 1 Corinthians 15:58

What does it mean to be steadfast? It means to be strong in your convictions, to never give up, to be unmovable like a mountain. When someone you love dies, be steadfast and unmovable. When the diagnosis from your doctor is bad, be steadfast and unmovable. When your spouse leaves you, be steadfast and unmovable. When you lose your job, be steadfast and unmovable. When your child is suffering, be steadfast and unmovable. Whatever you are going through, determine not to give up.

Why? Because your labor is not in vain in Him. God loves you. God blesses you in so many ways. God will reward your faithfulness when we get to heaven. Do you know Jesus? Have you ever repented of your sins, believed in Him and asked Him to be your Lord and Savior? If not, please do it right here, right now.

Be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord for your labor is not in vain In Him. 1 Corinthians 15:58 [Also see Hebrews chapter 11.]

Dear Father, Help us to remain faithful and continue on in your work no matter what we are are going through. Thank you for the many blessings you give us. Help us to be thankful. For my reader who has never trusted in you, please let them do it today. In Jesus name I pray, amen.

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