Posts tagged ‘pray’

October 26, 2016

Millennials

millennial

This morning’s newspaper quoted a staggering statistic on millennials. 22% of Millennials make up America’s population, but only 10% believe in Jesus.  What does that say about our future and our current state of society?

What it boldly points out to me is that we are failing to share the Gospel in the world and we are not practicing what we preach to our youth.  Sharing the gospel takes boldness and a desire to get a message of Love out to society that is dying. Dying to know Jesus, but unknowingly. Dying physically. Dying for something different and profound. That is who Jesus is. The anti-mundane. The Way, The Truth and the Life.  The anti-establishment. The ‘against the grain‘ guy who turned the 1st Century upside down!  The man who said “If someone slaps you on the cheek, turn the other,” and “The first shall be last and the last, first” and “Love your enemies and pray for them.”  Who says that in society today? Who makes these statements? No one! Society says just the opposite! Get what’s yours, fight back and hate them who hate you.  Not Jesus.

In order for Christ to be real to others, you must shine that light of His to other people. That includes your family and friends. They are your first point of contact and should be the people you reach out to with the Gospel and practicing what you preach. Hypocrites are everywhere and the Church and body aren’t any different. I always say, that’s why I need Jesus. This is true, however, you must show love in a way that you have been shown that love from your creator.  Love transcends everything.  In order to reach – we must Love first & foremost as Jesus did.

Our approach must be different. The way we have approached society for too long must change. Hell-fire and brimstone have their place, but there isn’t a place for that in evangelism.  There is plenty of time for folks to learn about that in their discipleship walk with the Lord. That won’t get them in the door and get them to realize there is a God so big that He gave his only Son to die for all our sins.

Share your personal testimony, that’s what I do. No one can dispute what your story is and how Christ came into your life and change YOU.  This makes Jesus real to those around you and to whom you are sharing Christ with.  Be genuine and don’t act like you are better than anyone.

We are all broken vessels(realized or not) that need a Savior and that is Jesus. Don’t try to be the savior. Just pray and ask God to make your testimony real to those whom you share it with and keep praying afterwards for those whom he has laid on your heart to pray for.

Let’s get the Gospel out to those millennials and everyone else whom we come in contact.

Blessings.

 

 

 

July 24, 2013

Wisdom

Imparting wisdom is not that easy. Especially when it comes to young people. What I have learned though is that those who seek it will find it.

As you grow older you take notes of things that have worked and haven’t worked. Like wasting time with sales people in person or on the phone(Don’t do it). But, more importantly is God and your relationship with Jesus. This relationship will be your most important relationship of your entire life, bet!!

So to impart the most important wisdom is to share about my life experiences walking with God with you. Memorizing scripture is one of the first ways in which you can begin to grow in your walk with God. Building close relationships with other Christians is also important. You need those around you to keep you accountable and hold you to a higher standard. Reading scripture is second to none as well. You need to know what God says about topics you will face in your time here on earth and how Jesus responded to those situations as well. Having a healthy Church home(close to where you live) is also needed.

As I’m writing this I am thinking of many scriptures that come to mind to justify my imparted wisdom to you. Don’t give up the assembling of yourselves together(Hebrews 10:25) – As iron sharpens iron, so does one brother sharpen another(Proverbs 27:17). These are scriptures I know by heart.

The opposite of these is true as well. Pray for those you want to evangelise and spend quality time with them and build a rapport. Help them to know that you care and when they realize that, they will realize that your God is real and loves them too!

Stay away from those who are rebellious and spew hatred, racism and evil deeds. They will do nothing but cause you harm now and possibly forever. Pray for them, but keep those people out of your circle of friends.

Trust…that everyone in your life will disappoint you! The quicker you come to this realization, the better off you will be. Then realize that God will never leave nor forsake you. He loves you and always wants the best for you, even if you think that it is not the best in that moment. That HE should be your trust and he will take care of you.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Knowledge,
but Fools despise wisdom and instruction – Proverbs 1:7

March 24, 2011

Eat, Pray, Love

I watched this movie for the first time last time with my Fiancé Heather. I really did enjoy it. The turnoff was that a lot of my friends said the movie was bad. I think they took it in the light and eyes of a Christian. So, I was hesitant to watch it, but in actuality I watched it without the eyes of a Christian and just took it for the movie that it was and how it presented itself.

Granted, God hates divorce, but the it happened in the movie. Fine. She nor he were Christians!!! Who ever said they were…

Moving on, I loved that she went and traveled for a whole year. I have been to Italy and love that country! I have never been to India nor Bali, but I might like to take a trip to Bali someday.

I think she didn’t make right decisions in jumping into bed with several men, but the point of the year long trip was to find herself, in my opinion and not to rely on someone else(a man in this case) to help her understand who she was as a person.

My favorite part of the movie was when she learned to forgive and release the past. The part when she’s in India and she dances with her ex-husband and he says he loves her and she says I loved you too, but doesn’t respond when he says he still does. They are dancing together like it was their first dance on their wedding day. He’s in his tux and she’s in an Indian garb. She says to him, “when you think of me, think kind things and love and wish them my way to me” or something close to that.

For over 2 years now I have been out of my first marriage. As hard as it was to leave and make that cut, that break, it was hard nonetheless.

I haven’t been happy how the divorce went down and the bad feelings I felt towards her because of the things she did(without going into detail) and have not been kind in many of my conversations about her with folks.

I guess I felt some ill-will towards her, BUT the ‘A-ha’ moment came through that movie last night.  When she was dancing with him(her ex) and she said think good things of me and send them my way. I felt some huge weight and corner lift and turn for me. I feel relieved. I want to wish those things for her, but was having a hard time letting go…still…as pathetic as that sounds. After last night’s movie, I am going to do just that from now on. Wish her good things in her life and wish goodness, happiness and love for her and stop the ill-will.

Sometimes, God works through the craziest of things, but for me, I love movies and He can work into my heart through them.

I feel that the more time that you seperate yourself from things in your life that have happened, the more clarity you get on those things. Such as my divorce. That’s why they say to wait for a long time before you get back into a relationship after a divorce, because you need time to reflect, to heal, to cry and cry again. And to ultimatley let go of that ill-will and pain and wish good things for that person you did once love.

I pray that for those of you who have been divorced can somehow relate to what I’m saying and even watch this movie with an open mind and somehow find healing in it like I did.

Many Blessings!

January 19, 2010

Haitian disaster

I recommend these 2 sites for Charitable Giving for the Haitian people, that I also gave to:

http://www.savethechildren.org/

www.worldvision.org

Pray for the People of Haiti!

January 18, 2010

2010 so far….

I’m not liking how this year and decade is starting off at all!!!!  We have ridiculous politicians in D.C., we have a horrible tragedy of a massive earthquake that has hit poor & impoverished Haiti and my family is having serious financial and job issues.  WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!    That’s all I can say right now.

So, what to do in this very tepid time?  PRAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dear Lord,

I petition you Father, humbly, to be with the people of Haiti in their time of need, I ask for salvation to come to their land and pray for a better future for the people of Haiti.  Lord, I lift up my family to you as well as other families who are dealing with job loss and financial uncertainty.  Lord, I also life up our government in the United States, that they would make better decisions and judgments for our future and for current times of policies that are before them now.  With your help Lord God Almighty, I ask these things to be granted by you. 

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

December 1, 2009

Waiting

“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength…they shall walk and not faint.”  Isaiah 40:31

Waiting is not always something we like to do as humans, as a society and as people.  We want things done and now, but there is a bright side to waiting.  That is waiting on the Lord to make things happen as we pray to Him for answers, guidance and direction.  Once we have prayed up, then it is time for action.  Let Him direct your paths with His blessings and strength.

Thank you Father that you never disappoint!  Amen.

August 24, 2009

kneeling

“He kneeled upon his knees three times a day”  Daniel 6:10

I don’t know about you, but kneeling three times a day is not easy to do, especially when we’re so busy running around with our busy lives.  It seems people weren’t as busy back in the day as they are now, or were they?  Did they just take more time to take care of what was more important to them than we do?  I know that I would love to spend more time with God daily in a quiet place and just be still, but finding that time and making that time and doing that time is another issue. 

So, I do kneel before my Lord (most) every morning, to begin my day properly.  I don’t always at night though, which is a good habit to do, at least for me.  I find myself more humble that way when I kneel.  I find myself surrendering all to my Father in Heaven who loves me and cares for me.  All good things come from Him, why shouldn’t I kneel more and pray more, to the One who gives us all life and that abundantly.

Blessings!

August 20, 2009

greater works

“He that believes on me…greater works than these shall he do.”  John 14:12

I think how hard it is to believe Jesus’ words that we will do greater works.  I think that dying to bring the whole world salvation is great enough by itself, how am I to do great works?  Oswald Chambers states that the ‘greater works’ are done by prayer because prayer is the exercise of the essential character of the life of God in us.  Very true. 

So if what Mr. Chambers says is true and Jesus’ words are true, then what shall we do? PRAY MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  🙂

“Lord, help me to pray more today and everyday, that you might do greater works in me to bring you Glory.  Amen”

July 23, 2009

Watch

“Watch and Pray”  Mark 13:33

God does things in and around us everyday, do you see them?  Are you thankful for them? 

Keep your eyes open and aware.

Let us be always thankful IN every circumstance, let’s watch and pray and see what He is up to in our lives and in the lives of others around us.

Blessings!

June 22, 2009

freedom

I would like to ask you all to pray for Iran and what’s happening there.  People are dying and being killed for their belief in Freedom and Change.  Pray that God works in that country to help bring freedom to that country.  Pray that God uses the people to help bring about that change and that the government listens and makes that change for the good. 

RIP Neda, who paid the ultimate price for speaking her peaceful voice! 

Let Freedom RING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!