Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I Am A Christian! Really???

Today I read some posts on Facebook that just floored me!  Now the reason I have this blog is so that I can state what is on my heart!  It's called a Piece of Mind!  With that in Mind, (laughter) I want to get serious for a few minutes and just say a few things out Loud to myself first, to believers, and to those who call themselves a CHRISTIAN.  It has been said that I have a Prophet's Voice so bear with me and read to the end...  
 

If we claim to be CHRISTIAN...how can we call people ugly names in the Name of the Lord!     Ephesians 4:29 (NASB)  Eph 29 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.


If we claim to be CHRISTIAN...How can we judge, which means to condemn and make someone feel less than!   Matthew 7:1-3 (NASB) Mt 1 "Do not judge so that you will not be judged.   2 "For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. 3 "Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?

If we claim to be CHRISTIAN...how can we religiously quote and post Scriptures to bash people over the head, and then think that the people we are bashing will believe that our God is a God of love! 

 

WE are DECEIVED if we are thinking this is GOD BEHAVIOR! It is NOT!

Who do we think we are fooling?  Certainly not a person who has decided to not ever darken the doors of a church again because of the backbiting, jealously, strife, envy, and sarcastic overtones made by so called God people!   

WE ARE NOT FOOLING PEOPLE ABOUT  OUR PROFESSION OF FAITH, AND WE ARE NOT FOOLING OUR FATHER GOD, JESUS THE SON, OR THE PRECIOUS HOLY SPIRIT!

GOD IS LOVE.......and because HE LIVES in US we should LOVE GOD and LOVE HIS PEOPLE....ALL of THEM!  Saved or Unsaved; male or female, Mexican or Israeli; free or slave
          
       1Jn 4:8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. (NASB) 

Love does not have HATE associated with it!
Love does not have HATE remarks and HATE actions and name calling in it!

Some of us called CHRISTIANS, [definitely including myself] need to go back to the GOOD BOOK and reread it over and over again.  Here let me help us today:  1 Corinthians, chapter 13....
4  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.

 6  Love does NOT* delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  

7It ALWAYS* protects, ALWAYS* trusts, ALWAYS* hopes, ALWAYS* perseveres.
8   Love never fails.
I am NOT saying that people do not need to be made aware of their sins!  But LOVE covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8) and there is a RIGHT way to show people the way to CHRIST.  Calling people names and hating people is just WRONG!  We need to STOP doing these things in the name of our Lord!  It brings great dishonor to HIM!

"O Father God, please forgive ME when I have acted [showed out] in a manner that has brought dishonor to You, your precious son, Christ Jesus, and to your body, called the ekklesia, the church as we know it.  Help me not hide behind the phrase, "we are all just human," but help me to really understand the God kind of Love that is willing to die for ALL of mankind.....making no difference in the sins of their life.   You were willing to take it ALL to the cross with you.  Help me show people the Love of Christ in a real way that shows them that they are loved by God and myself  no matter what their behavior, action, or deeds say.  That doesn't mean we condone sin, or bad behavior, or actions.  It doesn't mean we won't address them in great love [in private with them] about their behavior, actions, or sins,  but it means that we will love them through it all.   Help me to not publicly embarrass anyone and turn them away from your great Love.
I cry out Lord, teach me your way to LOVE ALL mankind!

* added capitalization




Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Off My Rocker!

Today's world knocks me off my rocker!  Man, what we use to call the "good ole days," in my family seems to have totally disappeared into today's society, according to all the woes and negative reports everywhere.  We definitely live in a different world than when I was growing up, and my parents grew up.   (Can I get a hearty Amen!)

Evil seems to be present EVERYWHERE....in the world and IN THE CHURCH!  Yes, I said it.....with a heavy heart.  Christianity has also changed in our society.  No longer does the definition mean the same thing it did not many years ago.  Today, you can be, or do, or say anything you want to and still call yourself a Christian!  There seems to be no RESPECT for the price that CHRIST JESUS  paid for all of us on the Cross.  Christians today, can read the WORD and make it say whatever fits with their lifestyle.  All the social networking has produced a spirit of Schizophrenia and you can't tell the real from the unreal.  One day we are quoting scriptures and the next day we are calling someone out, or talking or sharing pictures, jokes, etc., that are definitely not the marks and traits of a God person............God's remnant cries out, "How long Lord?  Where are You, God in this evil society that we are living in today?"  The body of Christ is disjointed, and disunity is everywhere.  Ungodly men are in control and they act just as one would expect men to act without God's RESTRAINT.  It appears that God has disappeared from the earth! 

BUT THERE IS GOOD NEWS!  GOD IS IN CONTROL!  HE IS NOT ABSENT FROM THE WORLD SCENE!

He reassures us that there is a way to live in this day!  He describes it in the book of Habakkuk.  Habakkuk lived during one of Judah's most critical periods.  His country was a mess. Kinda like ours.  It seemed there was no hope! No Peace!  No Help anywhere but God reassures Habakkuk that He is well able to take care of evil in the day He lived.  His words to Habakkuk in chapter 2: 4 describe our HOPE, our PEACE in this day.  It is simply this:

Habakkuk 2:4 (NKJV)
Hab 4 "Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just [the righteous]* shall live by his faith. 


That word live means to stay alive, be preserved; to flourish, to enjoy life; to live in happiness; to breathe, be alive, be animated, recover health, live continuously.    The idea is to live and breathe.  Alot of references to this word live, living, contain the suggestion that this LIVING is the result of DOING THE RIGHT THING.

When we only see evil, something is wrong!  
When we only see the negatives around us, something is wrong!

FINAL WORDS:                 
Get a grip on Life and start LIVING the GOD WAY by DOING THE  RIGHT THINGS.
  
Let go of your hatred, jealousies, envies, and strife.
Release people by forgiving them of the offense they did to you.
Love instead of Hate!
Stand for RIGHT instead of INJUSTICE
Show UP and DO RIGHT!

                                                             Enough Said......

                                                                    LouEllen
 


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Saturday, July 11, 2015

When EVIL Goes PUBLIC!

My heart is overwhelmed by the evil that is attempting to take over our cities, and counties, in the good ole USA!  That evil has become public in our own county today.  Not that other things have not happened and been evil, but when evil goes PUBLIC, look out, because by becoming public it is making a DECLARATION, a VOW to take over your city, your county, your children.  It is a clear call to those who operate in evil to become more evil, to get more daring with its evil, to inflict great darkness in the name of evil.  BUT......it is also a call to those who operate in the GOODNESS and the KINDNESS of the LORD to shine brighter and brighter;  to REFUSE to allow the evil that comes to "kill, steal, and destroy," (Jn 10:10)  It is the LIGHT that totally ANNIHILATES { to destroy something or someone completely;  to defeat (someone) completely} the darkness.

Evil in people will take ACTION that won't be good because their Father is satan.
Light in people must respond with ACTION that will be good because their Father is GOD!

As long as we just watch it on the news, or read it in the paper darkness will PREVAIL!
But we are not children of darkness!  We are children of the Light! (1 Thes 5:5)
New International Version You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.

 Children of Light!  Please don't hide your head in the sand! You say, "What can I do?  How can I get involved." 

Well for the 2nd year in a row, a group of concerned believers of Jesus in the city have been attempting to awaken our city, and county to a CALL TO PRAYER so that evil will NOT prevail.  The signs of the times are all around us but most of us just sit and hope someone else will do it.

Everyone who believes that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, the Life has been called to PRAY FOR OUR CITY/COUNTY!

My question to you today is:   Now since evil has gone PUBLIC, do you think you can put aside you differences (denominational, educational, socially, personally,) and SHOW UP to PRAY?
  
PRAYER CHANGES THINGS!  


 

 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Has the World Gone Crazzzzyyyy?

There is so much evil going on in the world today!  It's almost as if we live in two worlds.  One world was based on "In God We Trust," and the other seems to be "Evil is HERE and NOW SO DEAL WITH IT."   Conflict here and conflict there; conflict everywhere.  We could almost get depressed thinking about all of the negative things happening everywhere..........but God!  It is so wonderful to BELIEVE in someone!  Today people are running here and there looking for someone or something to believe.  I've tried it both ways people; with God and without God.  Believe me when I say that WITH GOD is 100% better.

      He give HOPE 

            1 Timothy 6:17

 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

 

He Give PEACE in the midst of storms 

              Philippians 4:7

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.