Originally posted on EQUIP THE SAINT : It had been over three hours since the service started, and I was really starting to feel God’s presence in the building. As I stood next to my friend, the music was deep and…
I have a thought to share.I think that we should practice the art of listening. I have been reading articles and essays that have been posted or published and people are making the most hateful comments. These comments reveal that people are not reading things through nor listening to the intended message.These comments reflect a heart issue which can be a result of pain or a mindset of indifference.We must understand the full matter. How can you give valid input on a piece of literature that you haven’t bothered to read ?Commenting on a title without reading or listening to the entire matter is presumptuous. A book really can’t be judged by its cover even if it’s ugly or not graphically appealing. The contents of the book must be read and devoured fully. We may hear or see something from a person that we don’t like or prefer. Many times we are just reading the title of an individual that which we see and assume.I admonish you to listen to what’s being said.Something just may be revealed that can help to bring healing and understanding. Let’s open our hearts and minds so that we are to be able to listen.
2015 was a year of transition and life changing events. I became a wife , moved to a new city with my husband and got a new job as a case manager for a really great organization. I endured happiness, excitement and things that floored me. I made choices that I thought were right and cried because I saw that they were the wrong choices. I learned five specific things that will surely make 2016 a better year for me and my family. Some of the things I learned were lessons that are simple however, I have learned that some of the simplest things are the most powerful.
One of the most important things that I learned this year is to obey God fully because He really does know what’s best for me. As a Christian obedience to God has always been the bedrock of faith. I have never wondered if God wanted or knew what was best for me I just thought I could help him along. This year I grasped that obedience is the best way and if I had obeyed I would not have experienced most of the pain the I have endured. God always wants me to walk in my purpose and into my destiny.
God really does speak and reveal things that will derail my life and destiny.God has told me how much He loves me and I was totally wrecked when I heard it.I have to wonder how I got cotton stuck in my ears. I can’t think of all the times I have said if only God will show me what I need to know or Lord speak to me. God did show and tell me all I needed to know this year but I didn’t listen. Truth is I turned a deaf ear because I thought I could fix things in time and I lacked the courage to do what was needed. I felt like God didn’t give me enough information so therefore I couldn’t make an informed decision. It all goes back to listen and obey for me. Going forward I will trust the voice of God no matter how much or how little He speaks.
Life really must be lived for an audience of one if pleasing and worrying about what others think have become central. I spent a lot of time wondering what others would think of where I lived , what they thought of my wedding, and what would be said about martial issues. God impressed upon my heart that I need to please Him. People will always have opinions or talk about me and that’s out of my control. I Choose not to waste anymore time wondering what is being said or how anyone feels about me. I am loved and accepted by the King of Kings.
Revenge is not the answer to pain caused by others. This year I had things happen that knocked the wind out of me. I was left wondering how could such evil exist or how could God allow this to happen. Bad things happen to good people everyday ,yet getting the bad person will not bring healing. God has given all of us free will and as hard as it was and is for me to accept God is the only one can vindicate. Yes, I can go on a smear campaign, bring physically harm or sabotage yet it won’t be the will of God. Whatever I go through is supposed to bring me closer to God. The enemy would love for me to operate in his kingdom but that is not a choice I am willing to make.
Prayer and Bible study is not an option it is a must. God really does want to communicate with me . If I had prayed and persevered in the Word of God there would have been more results and more peace. The promises of God must be claimed and activated. His Words must be made alive in me. Going forward my feelings will not dictate whether I continue in prayer and Bible study.
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As a very young girl I can remember my elementary and junior high teachers inspiring me to develop critical thinking skills as well as morale. From a very young age I was quiet but had a really great love for reading. through reading I was taken all across the world and time as well. I was also very observant and analytical therefore it seemed that my brain was working on overload. I became intrigued with books by Charles Dickens and poetry by EE Cummings because I could feel the characters emotions. I was free to interpret passages as I felt them. fast forward to the present and I am still encouraged by professors, clergy, society and even the constitution to form arguments, opinions, free speech and morale. The problem is that it is all hypocritical. I cannot in this day and time state what I believe or my opinion without an influx of accusations and intolerance. We have all heard the saying “Got to stand for something or fall for anything” well it resonates with me because I found a book none like any other, has stood the test of time, and is the ultimate standard of truth. I also got to meet the author of this lifechanging book and he changed my life as well. This book called the Holy Bible is the compass for my life and I believe that all the words are true. It is totally my choice to believe this and yours not to believe. I find it absurd that people are being fired, slandered and abused because they choose at the very least say that they do not believe in homosexual marriage or that It is a sin. There is a huge difference between hate and opinion or intolerance and tolerance. Is it really right to penalize me because I will not choose to believe what you believe? Am I going to be forced to lay down my moral to pick up yours? It is quite obvious that Christians are being targeted as enemies of hate. Would it be absurd to compare the unfair treatments of Christians to the Civil Rights movement? Let’s see what we have in common here: Blacks were silenced and was not given a voice, They were slandered, abused, sabotaged, and indoctrinated with ideas of inferiority. If a Christian says that something is a sin or don’t agree with what is being done then they are slandered and crucified by the media. You can pretty much count on sabotage for speaking out resulting in such things as the loss of a job ,endorsements or reputation. Christians are viewed as inferior because the culture of tolerance says “you” better accept the way “we” live because if “you” do not then is something really wrong with “you”. Truth is being persecuted because of being a Christian is no more a Civil rights issue that gay marriage is. Being a Christian is a choice because God allows individuals to choose him. Christians know that they are enemies to this world system. Homosexuality is a choice as well. It is not a Civil Rights issue and never will be. We are all free to be who we want to be and live as we please whether for God or the world. The livelihood of people who disagree with the gay agenda should not infringed upon. This is my stance ,I will not be silenced because I am a Christian. I will walk in love and extend compassion, but I will never agree with what God calls sin. I am not full of hate nor am I a racist or bigot. I believe in an all knowing God who knows what is best for me. That same God wants the best for everyone because he does not want anyone to perish. God wants us to live our best life, and the best life we can live will only come through choosing him.