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Idols
  • July 6, 2016

However you choose to spend your time outside of God, you have made into an idol. Have you ever heard of this statement? I have and have dealt with idolatry in the past.

In 2005, I was delivered from idolatry. Well, before then, I didn’t think I was guilty of this until I ask the Lord to reveal to me anything that was keeping me from Him. This may seem funny to some, but I needed deliverance from secular music…to be more specific, Michael Jackson. Everything about Michael, I knew. I loved him and defended him. As a child, no one understood me or could help my insecurities… I feared everything, so I hid behind the persona of Michael Jackson. To me, he understood loneliness and the pain of being singled out. I easily related with his story. I began to follow and study (whew it sounds bad just saying these words, but it’s my story) Michael Jackson at the age of 6, after a life altering experience. I couldn’t speak to anyone and if I did, no one would listen.

But fastforward to 2005, God revealed to me that even though I stopped listening to secular music, I needed to break spiritual ties to Michael Jackson before He can reveal Himself to me. Today, I can say, if I hear his music or even the name, I won’t have any ties to it. I am reminded of my deliverance from his music but nothing more.

 

So, I said that to say, idolatry is very real. My time was spent thinking and listening and studying a man. Now that I think about it, I was nuts! But God!!

Now you may not be of that magnitude, but anything that has your attention more than God, you need to put down! The Word says that God is a Jealous God (Exodus 34:14). His Throne is shared with no thing! No person, no activity, no other relationship…NOTHING!!

 

But what is considered an idol?

 

Let’s take a quick look…

 

  1. Lust: Today, media has giving lust a whole new meaning. Originally, it is something your flee from, but every innocent scroll down your timeline, you are tempted with something. The bible discusses this in many scriptures. One that come to mind is from 2 Timothy 2:22 says, “Flee also from youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
  2. Pride: We are consumed with pride these days. Ho we are better than the next or how we can get ahead with little to no work at all. We are prideful bunch! I think there a a line between being proud of what you can accomplish in the Lord and what you thought you did on your own. When you become over-zealous in yourself, you have bigger issues. “Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD:though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.”(Proverbs 16:5)
  3. Entertainment/Media: Are the things that keep you entertained pleasing to God? Do you see yourself secluding from others because of the fear of being caught or judged? Maybe you need to reconsider what keeps your eyes from God. Entertainment can be music, social media, movies, TV shows, etc. As you can see from my testimony, this idol is very real. Colossians 3:17 “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Do you have a God-honoring heart with your daily activities and entertainment?

I truly believe if you are serious about your relationship with God, He’ll reveal your wrong, convict you and give you a new appetite that is pleasing to Him. If you are afraid of what others think about this decision, then you are giving those verythings and people power over you in which can be considered as another idol. When you are so concerned about how others perceive you instead of the One who has the ultimate say, can be an idol. As Christ followers/representers, we should seek the very things and heart of God. By doing this, we place our very desires in His hands. We are secured in Christ. We have power of the lust and thoughts of this world.

 

Dress how you want in Jesus’ Name?!?!??
  • February 19, 2016

Well, looks like the church is riding the fence on this one! Before I share my thoughts about this subject, I will begin with this question from Megan Good that was posted on her Instagram account….

“Why would anyone ever want to be a Christian when you see how they treat each other?”

So…what happened?!?

On a promotional tour of the couples’ new book on abstinence before marriage called “The Wait” on Valentine’s Day, a woman who was apart of the audience had a “question” during the Q & A portion of the meet. This was her comment:

“This is not offensive, but I was at the grocery store and I looked at a newsstand and I saw you, and you had your breast showing,” one woman in the audience said. “So, so, I wasn’t gonna come here, I wasn’t, but the Lord brought me here to see you. You’re beautiful. You are a beautiful young woman, and your testimony is awesome. It’s awesome. Amen. Amen! And the Lord let me come and push past the judgment … because you have to make sure what you say and what you do match up, you understand? So we gonna cover up, right?”

I’m pretty sure everyone’s jaw dropped to hear this, including Meagan Good. Her husband came to her defense as any husband who love their wife would do…but he lost me at “She can wear whatever she want in the Name of Jesus!” Ummm, sir…. Tis not true! The bible speaks clearly about modesty.

“I desire…that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works.“ 1 Timothy 2:8-10

While what you wear can speak volumes about you, it can easily be mistaken as well…modesty, I believe, is the state of one’s heart. Perfect example… A young lady comes to church with skin tight clothes and breasts exposed. What is your first thought? Perhaps she’s a prostitute. Maybe, but she came to the church! The church isn’t for perfect people..AND the church isn’t a fashion show. The church is for the lost to be found…the church is for conviction and comfort… if you are apart of the Body of Christ, then you too are the church. In my honest opinion (there wouldn’t be no other way), I believe the audience member was out of line. No way was it acceptable to start off your comment about someone with “This is not offensive”… you shut their ears at the first sentence! God is not out of order and that was completely out of order. I know Meagan Good is human and she professes Christ and by the looks of it (or that was her acting skills at work LOL), but I truly believe she is struggling with the topic anyway. It’s us typical church folk who is quick to judge. No one knows the heart of the person or what they’re truly going through unless you are transparent. But how do you reach someone like Meagan Good? Honestly, I don’t know, but God has people assigned to certain people. The statement the audience member made was quite distasteful especially because she threw God in the mix. GOD IS ALL ABOUT ORDER. But check this out…. look at what Good as on during this engagement and every other church engagement they attend… she’s fully clothed. She knows enough not to wear what she would wear on the Red Carpet or Movie Premieres to the church. Maybe if she had everything out, maybe something should have been said.

Well, back to her husband (Devon Franklin). In every way, he was right to defend his wife and I believe he spoke out of anger. There’s no way he can fix his mouth to believe that his wife can dress how she want IN THE NAME OF JESUS…but in the culture we live in, it just might be okay in his eyes. Now, don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with dressing up for your husband, but there is a place for that as my BFF in my head (Ayesha Curry) stated before.

But in defense to all who is struggling in the heart, God sees you. I was once ridiculed because of what I wore to church. By no means was I revealing, but the color I decided to wear was too much for the saints. I came to church with a red skirt that was pleated in the back…SO FREAKING CUTE…but IT WAS RED! Since when the color red was ungodly? I was highly offended, but because I was secured in my relationship with Jesus, I didn’t let it bother me…but who is to say it won’t bother the next girl who wears red? Or cleavage is revealed? She may turn away from God, never to experience the love He has for her because a “Saint” got to her first.

 

We must examine our motives and think before we speak… Christian or not!

So in closing… LOL… Modesty is not about your clothes only, but about your attitude and behavior. You can be fully dressed, head to pinky toe and be jacked up!

Modesty is about who you worship. Wow!! Deep right?!?! The God we serve is about us reflecting him, being an example… holiness..fruit bearers, seed sowers…being holy in your communication and entertainment.

Modesty is true freedom. Culture sees it as opposite, but when you truly think about it, the world is wrapped around the idea of freedom as self-love and expression as in our body is art, explore it, show it off. True freedom is being sober minded and respectable and not being a sexual nuisance or a slave to sin.

The next time you see a young girl in whom you discern is dealing with matters of the heart, talk to her. Don’t be so quick to condemn her…everyone needs the love of God. Conviction will always cause change, but when you put yourself in it, you’ll take the love and discipline away from the only One who brings change.

All you have to do is be the willing to put your thoughts and opinion of others aside, God will definitely do the rest.

Modesty isn’t #trendy
  • December 10, 2015

It is not surprising that modesty is getting backlash now. After all, holiness is right and anything holy is under attack these days. The society we’re in is perverse and focused on physical appearance..AKA skin is in…and ALL OUT for display. I’ve spoke on modesty and the importance of setting an example for my children and others so this topic isn’t new at all. Speaking against secular ideologies are not a very popular thing to do but necessary in the culture we’re in. The world is acting out on their emotions and instead of morals and dignity; so to see someone with a platform speak about modesty is refreshing…slim to none but refreshing!

Everyone’s into barely wearing clothes these days huh? Not my style. I like to keep the good stuff covered up for the one who matters 😂😂😂

— Ayesha Curry (@ayeshacurry) December 6, 2015

Modesty isn’t trendy, but it is definitely stirring up conflict! I applaud Ayesha Curry for her boldness and stance on keeping it covered. Our young girls should be inspired and confident in knowing they don’t have to be exposed to gain attention or to become important. Your intelligence and confidence calls for recognition and attendance not your breast and  “upper thighs”.

The bible speaks on modesty and while I can quote scripture, it is also important to reflect what scripture speaks about daily. So when Paul addresses the issue, he says in 1 Timothy 2:9-10, “I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds,appropriate for women who profess to worship God.” {NIV} So being the women of God, we must set the example and show others that your body is not for display and should be respected. Young girls are unaware of this truth because the world’s eyes are opened and are naked. Nothing’s left for the imagination! 

 

I commend Ayesha Curry for her stance and her commitment to change the face of celebrity into one that is humble and wholesome! So if anyone who feels ill-will about the comment she made, I honestly feel sorry for you! Imagine your daughter walking around with her parts exposed? You would feel embarrassed and angry. People  today say that people should be able to express themselves with prejudice; we are giving the free will to make that decision, but everything should to respect not only yourself but the people around you.

 

What are you views on modesty and humility? I would love to hear your thoughts!Ayesha Curry

Hello, I am a Christian and I am sick of church!
  • June 23, 2014

Yes! Surprised? Well don’t be. Many of you feel the exact same way.

Recently, I discovered that my biggest influence, my online pastor, my role model, Pastor Bob Coy of Calvary Chapel in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida had resigned April 3, 2014 as Head Pastor for “moral failure”….simply put, for admitting adultery and porn addiction. I was and still is in disbelief of the news. All I wanted to do is hear a Word as I have in the past from him on his Activeword.org website to find all of his materials and archives gone. I am absolutely disappointed and am hurt to know that the person whom I received “counseling” from all these years, has committed the sin he speaks against all the time! Yes, he is only a man, but if you could only hear his passion (what now may have been a cry for help) about marriage saying, “our marriages and ministries are under attack” “guard your relationships” “don’t take family for granted”. He wasn’t your typical Megachurch Pastor who only told people what they want to hear; he spoke Bible! Pastor Coy backed up EVERYTHING with scripture and I supported him. Now why am I sick of the church? Well, that’s simple!

For years, the church has become an all you can eat buffet; a place where people come to stuff there faces with food with no limit. They are becoming sick because of the mess they consume and choose to indulge in. It is no longer a hospital for the sick and lame, but it has become the place where sinful people come to be reassured about their situation and not change a thing because the Grace of God will rescue them each and every time!

Pastors are living “secret lives”, their messages are no longer life-changing but more of a “Wa“. People are leaving millions of churches empty. The creation usually represents the creator, so if the pastor is living an empty life, he can only pour into people what he has inside of him.

No one talks about sin, because everyone is covering up theirs. Pastors being excused of adultery, pornography, theft, and an array of things. Usually, when their sin is brought to light, they are “praised” and encouraged saying the devil won’t steal our joy.Ha! Your pastor just got caught up  WITH EVIDENCE and you’re defending him? While pastors like Bob Coy confess because the Holy Spirit is yet working on him and is convicting him so he confesses and people are calling him a “false teacher”? It bothers me! If anything he is forgiven.

Th church has become lukewarm in everything and even questioning the bible they are suppose to live by for the sake of comfort and numbers. I feel as if I don’t want to be apart of that group of people everyone is talking about. My standard is the bible! The bible is my road to life everlasting and my light will be seen, but it feels like if I am with a bunch of watered down Christians, that I will be looked at as the same. I know that out of all the madness the church is allowing, there are a FEW in the church who remains and will stand on the Word of God, who will not give in to the culture that the church is allowing to influence them. Every person I come in contact to will know and SEE the difference.

I have never felt this type of sympathy for the church like I do now. I am on a mission and God will get the glory out of every aspect of my life!

 

Be the difference, even in the church. Timeout for playing church! Souls need deliverance and conviction!

2 Year Blog Anniversary
  • September 19, 2013

Happy Anniversary to me!!! Well to my blog!

I cannot believe it’s been 2 years! I began blogging because I needed an outlet. At the time, my family and I were living in a small RV (recreation vehicle) with a busted ceiling and when it rained it poured! This blog was my rescue and release when I felt like giving up and or complaining. That was our season and God gave me the outlet of blogging.

Two years later, I have grown spiritually and I am much more mature in experiences and in advice giving. I feel that God has given me my obstacles to get someone through theirs or to at least encourage them through it.

Thank you to the faithful few that support my blog. In the future, I will be more consistent in content and will talk about latest topics and trends in marriage, family, children and Christian living. My focus is on the family unit. The family unit is under attack and I am one of the fighters for the sacredness and holiness of family and marriage.

Stay tune for insightful and motivating posts!

 

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