Posted in exhortation

What Is Your Resurrection Story?

WHAT IS YOUR RESURRECTION STORY?
For those with ears to hear! I challenge each and every believer today to walk in the resurrection power of our Lord and the Holy Spirit at work in us!
Do you not realize that as you celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, that you who have been baptized into Christ have a resurrection story, as well?
What can you celebrate as your own resurrection story? What is your testimony of an area of your life where you were dead and now you are alive in Christ?
What area of your life have you let go of and allowed God to work in and manifest His miraculous, wonder working power in? Some past hurts? Some past pain? Some past pleasure that was sapping the life out of you that God has delivered you from and given you Living Water to satisfy your soul? Some past obsession? Some past dependency?
When we turn from our own ways and trust Jesus as our Lord and we are baptized into Christ – we die to our old life and the bondage of sin and we are raised to walk in new life – we enter into a covenant with Christ and the body of Christ – our family, brothers and sisters in Christ, we become new creatures, and our spirits are joined with the Holy Spirit. We should be walking with the Spirit leading us. Resurrected from spiritual death, we are! We will not see our full salvation/resurrection until Christ returns, but we are to walk by faith in Christ and filled with His love, power and self control. Is this resurrection power at work in you today? Here are some scriptures to meditate upon this weekend:
 
2 Timothy 1:7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
 
Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ
6 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
 
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
 
8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
 
11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
 
Slaves to Righteousness
15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
 
19 I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. 20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[b] Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
Ephesians 1:18-20New International Version (NIV)
18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,
 
20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. I Cor. 15:20-23
Ephesians 3:14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
 (All Scriptures posted are from biblegateway.com and are from the NIV)
Posted in Uncategorized, Warnings

From Blessings to Curses

Stop allowing what God gave as a blessing to be used as a curse.

There are many examples of this and the examples can range from recent blessings to ancient ones. For example, a Bible study and fellowship gathering that has lost its focus and has now just become a duty filled burden because the season has passed but you want to hang on to the tradition of the meeting.

Marriage is a perfect example of this. That is what God put into my spirit this morning. God gave marriage originally in the Garden of Eden to be a blessing. But we have allowed the beauty and the blessing of marriage to be made into a curse. We have allowed it to become known as an invention of man and to be tainted. We have not taught what the original design and purpose for marriage was and we have trampled on the sanctity of marriage. I am not even talking about whether it is between a man and a woman. I am talking about one woman and one man. I am talking about how the divorce rate is as high among Christians as it is among non-believers. I am talking about how even those who are married tend to talk about it and view it as a burden, curse and hardship. Marriage was never intended to be something that we did on our own, without God’s guidance and without God’s power. But we have lost sight of what God did when He gave us the blessing and therefore we have turned it into a curse.

Another example is the Law and the Bible, as a whole. This holy book was given to us and preserved for us as a blessing. To be read and consulted and heard as the whole counsel of the Word and not pick and choose a verse here and there to justify our views. The Bible is a love story, full of grace and mercy and is to inform us of who God is and His intentions for us. It is also not to be used to beat people up or to condemn them. God so loves the world that He gave His only Son to die for us so that whomever believes in Him should not perish but should have eternal life. That is the good news we should be sharing but instead we like to tell everyone about how wrong they are. Even within our faith we argue over minor details instead of sharing the love of Christ.

I may not be sharing this adequately or getting the point across exactly right. The Lord put this on my heart around 2 a.m. and I was trying to go back to sleep but all of this kept coming back up as I would doze in and out. The main thing is to stop allowing things that God does to bless us to become stale, stolen, just traditions or curses to us. And I wonder, why am I supposed to share this? Why do I feel so compelled to post these things? I am one person with not that many friends and not much of a platform. LOL But I know that if one person reads this that is the one that God intends. And who knows if that one person may know another who can share more articulately and with more people. So I am just going to be obedient and share this and trust God to bless it for His glory and use it as He wishes. If you read this far, maybe it is you who can share when and as needed. Have a blessed day!!!

Posted in Uncategorized

Truth in Love about Homosexual Behavior

When I say that I would like to share the truth in love about homosexual behavior, I mean that I feel compelled to share the truth about homosexual behavior because I love those who are involved in the behavior.

To believe that anyone who disagrees with practicing alternative sexual or homosexual behavior is one who hates the people who practice the behavior is FALSE.

Let me restate that: It is FALSE to believe that anyone who says that homosexual behavior is wrong or dangerous is one who hates the people who practice the behavior.

I am a Christian, a follower of the teachings of Jesus Christ. I believe in the Word of God, the Bible. I stand on what the Bible says. I love my fellow man. I love people. People are different and have different beliefs and we can still love one another without agreeing on everything or behaving just alike. I can love someone without participating in or endorsing their behavior.

That does NOT make me a hater of anyone who thinks differently than I do. No, it is the opposite. I am called to LOVE and I do LOVE others who believe differently than I do. That is why I am called to share TRUTH with anyone who has ears to hear. That is why I am compelled to speak the truth and share the truth and expose the truth. I am sharing on this subject because I love people and I love them with the same love that Jesus has for me. Jesus died for me even before I ever knew Him. He extended His love to me and I accepted it and I receive it, even though I am not and will never be “perfect.” But, His love for me has not left me where He found me – He has raised me up to walk in love and in truth. In loving truth, living to please myself and from a place of fear and insecurity was destroying me. Jesus, by His Spirit and His Word has and is changing me and I thank Him for not leaving me where I was.

That same love that I found in Jesus is available to everyone and that includes the entire LGBTQ community. Most people know the most memorized verse in the whole Bible: John 3:16 For God so loved the whole world that He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, that WHOSEVER believe in Him should not perish but would have eternal life. Whosoever includes anyone and everyone that will. Anyone who is practicing sexual behavior that is outside of one man and one woman joined together by God and in dedication to Him and in honor of His purpose and design for human beings can choose to receive His love. However, if a person does practice this alternative lifestyle and they do choose to receive God’s plan and love, then they are not going to want to continue to do things that do not honor His design and purpose for humans, His creation and His children. He designed us, He created us and He has a purpose for us. He knows best for and that is why it is best to choose His love and His plan instead of what may seem right to us.

Christians make a mistake and are wrong when they try to tell others of what God wants by condemning without understanding. We are wrong when we pronounce judgments instead of loving advice and wisdom that is shared from a place of compassion. I am sharing all of this because my heart is truly hurt by some of the ways that I see believers and non-believers treating one another and the language that is used surrounding this issue. We are called to speak the truth in love, though (Ephesians 4:15, Matthew 5:13-16). That is what I will attempt to do here.

Yes, homosexual behavior is wrong. Yes, bisexual behavior is wrong. It is wrong for us as humans to take what we have been blessed with and use it for purposes that were not intended. It is wrong because it causes harm. It is not wrong just because the Bible says that it is wrong. But the Bible says that it is wrong because it causes harm and destruction follows.

I will share a couple of articles with you. One article is written by a doctor. These articles describe what kind of sexual practices accompany the LGBTQ lifestyle. You cannot refute that the human body was made and created in such a way as to accommodate heterosexual behaviors. You cannot refute that the sexual behaviors are damaging and cause destruction to the physical bodies and ultimately the lives of those practicing them. It is with the utmost love and compassion that I share this information. I pray that it is received with the intent that I share it. Because I am truly concerned for the welfare of those whom are caught up in the middle of this fight between good and evil, I share the TRUTH.

These two articles are addressing only the physical consequences of alternative sexual practices and that is what I feel gives some of the most eye-opening truths regarding why the Bible does say that it is wrong.

Dr. Paul Cameron, Ph.D., in his article “Medical Consequences of What Homosexuals Do,” writes: “Homosexuals are sexually troubled people engaging in dangerous activities. Because we care about them and those tempted to join them, it is important that we neither encourage nor legitimize such a destructive lifestyle.” Here is the link to his article: Medical Consequences of What Homosexuals Do

Dr. Eowyn, in his article “Medical Consequences of Homosexual Sexual Behaviors,” writes: “Beginning in the ‘gay’ culture, anal sex has now been ‘popularized’ among heterosexuals via systematic propaganda of pornography. But the simple truth is this: The human body was not designed to accommodate anal intercourse.” Here is the link to his article: Medical Consequences of Homosexual Sexual Behaviors

Check out the two articles and just see the truth of what this kind of behavior does to the human body… Then you can decide if it is perfectly acceptable and good for practical living. You can choose life or you can choose to walk blindly. The choice is yours. In love and in truth I pray that you choose life and love – real life and real love, not as this world gives, but as the One who created you gives.

Humbly,

Angela

 

Posted in Addiction and Alcoholism, Uncategorized

Addiction (from May 4, 2015 Angela)

Addiction

for so many people this becomes a matter of literal life or death

for others, life is ended not by physical death

but by death

death of their personality

death of their conscience

death of their intellect

death of their heart

causing death to

death to relationships

death to friendships

death to marriages

death to careers

death to hobbies

and the list goes on…

But I know a Savior

who is the Resurrection and the Life

and the Giver

Giver of new life

Giver of healing

Giver of restoration

His name is Jesus

and He is more

more than enough

more than willing

more than able

to make all who call on His name whole and to keep those whom He loves.

He is more than able

to keep us.

It doesn’t depend on human desire

God grants repentance

Pray therefore for God to forgive, be merciful and grant us a willing heart and spirit to sustain us.

We think if we’ll/they’ll just get in church, read the Bible and start trying harder to do better and think of everyone else’s feelings then we’ll/they’ll get better and do better.

But God wants our hearts. His ways are higher. He knows way more than we do. He sees more. He knows how to reach us. He knows how to please our hearts desires better than even we do, also. He longs for us to truly know Him and trust Him and He will satisfy our heart’s desires above what we ever even dared to dream or imagine.

Also – when a person is in the worst/height of addiction and they are addicted to something, they have lost control – to the point that they are not really themselves and they aren’t rational or logically thinking.

Don’t take it so personally when they lie to you, let you down, break a promise, relapse or make a mistake. Try to remember that they are hurting inside and that they are probably sick of their behavior and addiction, also, but they are scared and do not know where to go from here. Try to have the compassion of Jesus Christ and pray to have a heart of compassion from Him. Ask Him for grace and mercy and wisdom in the situation.

Give credit to those in recovery who ARE TRYING and making progress.

Posted in Uncategorized

Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

I made a video after my class the other day in response to what I learned at school. In class we were discussing the question of why Jesus had to die. Our professor has a Philosophy degree and is also gifted in Apologetics. He said that a question that atheists often ask is, “Why did Jesus have to die?” He said that atheists will also ask, “Why can’t God just forgive sin? Is God so angry and mean that He requires death for sin to be forgiven?” The discussion was a really good one because as Christians and as believers in Christ, we should be able to answer such questions. Our professor was encouraging us, in light of what we are learning about Jesus and the Father from the Gospels, to be able to answer such questions without using “church” terms that make no sense to a non-believer. Also, he was encouraging us to be able to answer such questions correctly! It seems as if we have simplified the gospel message so much that we have given false information! Please watch the video and let me know what you think. Also, if you have any questions, please ask and we will do our best to answer them. Thank you and God bless you!

Video: Why Did Jesus Have to Die?