Tuesday, June 11, 2013

God Still Speaks!: My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less

God Still Speaks!: My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less: A lot of people know this song, but some may not understand this concept, (I didn't for a long time). Here's the last stanza: Whe...

God Still Speaks!: A Look Back February

God Still Speaks!: A Look Back February: (I became very sick in late January and have been battling food intolerance for several months. Please forgive me for not posting monthly a...

A Look Back February

(I became very sick in late January and have been battling food intolerance for several months. Please forgive me for not posting monthly as I planned. Here is February's post. I am getting better, thank you Jesus! I will try to catch up.)

Last February we were looking for a church home. We were visiting a lot of churches! All my life I thought it would be fun to visit different denominations and see different perspectives. 

The problem with this is life happens in the middle. I remember wishing, during this time, we were planted somewhere, so we could have our church family pray over us. We did find our church family last February. I wasn't sure about it at first. I had many conversations with God. He assured me this is where He wanted me and when it was time to leave I would know. I am so happy I listened to him. Keith and I have never felt so close to a group of Christians in our lives. We feel very blessed to be a part of our congregation. OK on to the "life lessons" February....

February 1
Loved this post from a friend and shared it on my Facebook page: "Heard this at church and it really gave me a new perspective on miracles. A miracle is a glimpse from God, how He intended things to be to begin with. Our sin is what made them out of the ordinary.

February 5
I'm watching Joel Osteen and he said that not everyone will uplift you or celebrate you. I knew that, but then he said, "Don't worry about those because God has people He selected to do that job, just for you." Makes you think about all your relationships, who is genuinely happy for you and those who act happy but say snotty remarks. More of our time should be given to the cheerleaders. God gave them to you. Ask yourself, are you a cheerleader in someone's life too?

ROMANCE: Doing something sweet specifically tailored for your loved one without being told.

February 13
God shows us how important love is. This is, to me, why Valentine's is special. Tomorrow is LOVE day. So even if you don't have a significant other, show your LOVE to the ones who matter in your life. Take tomorrow to show someone just how much they mean to you. If you're sincere, a girl worth her salt won't care if there's a gift to go with it. 

February 14
Even though it is so important for a father to make his daughter feel special on valentine's, it's equally important for a mom to do the same for her son. We show them first how they are to be treated when they leave our home. Boys need to find a good loving woman,  just as girls needs a good loving man. 

February 21
I keep thinking of the words I heard from a preacher a few weeks ago: We are made by God for a purpose. We are made to do good works for God. If you don't know what your purpose is or you can't define what good works you're doing, ask yourself why? Why aren't you doing what you were made to do?

February 27
I can't say this enough: When you hear that voice, however it comes or speaks to you, when God prompts you to say something or helps someone, please be obedient to it. You never know what circumstances the person is going through or how much they need to know what God wants them to hear.

February 29
Favorite quote from The Basement (a youth service) last night: Every morning when you get up, ask yourself, "How am I going to make Heaven bigger?"

1 Corinthians 13:4-8
" Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails." 

My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less

A lot of people know this song, but some may not understand this concept, (I didn't for a long time). Here's the last stanza:

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh may I then in Him be found.
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

First verse, uh oh! He's coming with trumpets, from where? Heaven? You mean there's music in Heaven? OK, I'll leave that alone and not rag some of my fellow members.

He goes on to say may I then be found dressed in (Jesus') righteousness alone, (I'll) be faultless to stand before the throne.

Judgement Day is a GLORIOUS day for Christians. When the Bible speaks of us giving an account of what we've done on this Earth, Christians will have Jesus give our account. He steps in front of us and pays our debt. We get to hear. "Well done good and faithful servant." HALLELUJAH!

I think churches focus on the sins and then say you'll have to give an account of these actions because we're not supposed to sin, and if we continuously live in a sinful state, away from Jesus, or if we're an unbeliever then yes we will have to give an account for those. But some don't make it clear to Christians that Jesus continually cleanses us every day of our sins BUT does want us to ask forgiveness. Why? To show obedience, humbleness and fear/respect for our Creator.      (1 John 1: 5-9)

Maybe it's away to keep everyone "behaving or acting right." Maybe that's why it's not explained better. Although, there is nothing wrong with reminding us how we should act. Like I've always said we need both types of sermons. The love, power, authority(we have through the Holy Spirit) and the conviction sermons. Or as we say where I'm from, a "Come to Jesus meeting." :o)

1 John 1: 5-9

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from ALL sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we CONFESS our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.