Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Why Waiting Until Marriage Should be the Norm

Recently I came across an article about a Christian artist who I listen to quite frequently on the JoyFM radio station. Colton Dixon, an alum from American Idol, gave his testimony about how he and his wife remained abstinent up until their wedding day and how they are both very glad that they did. He gives his testimony to People magazine here.

It didn't take too long after him sharing his story for the negative comments to come flowing in on various message boards. We live in a highly sexual driven society, who also doesn't care one bit about God's standards or morals. It got me to thinking how sad it is that in today's society people actually think it's crazy or bizarre for a person to decide to stay a virgin until they get married. Not only is it backed up by God's Word,  but there are so many benefits in general of keeping yourself pure until the special day you get to say "I do" to your other half. I believe it's the best gift you can give to your spouse, by letting them know you waited just for them, for them to have one of the most intimate parts of you and for them only.

I actually believe it should be the norm to wait and not the other way around. It should be the norm to wait because sex can create soul ties. It's not good to be giving yourself away to so many different  people, and then your wonder why your so emotional and unhappy, it's because you are taking on the other persons baggage when you become physically one with them, just read the Word.

1 Corinthians 6:15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be! 16 Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her? For He says, "THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.

And it's never too late to make the decision to wait until marriage, even if you aren't a virgin anymore. If we come to God and repent of our old ways, He makes us new again. If you read some of me and my husband's story here I discuss how God can take any person and make them into a new creation, and how he even took me and transformed me (thank you Daddy! (: ).

I think it should be normal to wait because also, people, especially young women need to realize that they aren't just a piece of meat and sex doesn't equal love. I get so sad seeing the young girls, as young as middle school age being so wrapped around a boy not knowing he's only interested in having sex with her. I've seen plenty of relationships in my short lifetime so far end miserably, with the girl depressed because she thought he was the one. It's so important to not let our emotions be run by our hormones, that's why when sex is out of the equation we can think with a clear mind, and judge if the person we are with is truly with us because of love or lust.

ANY sin separates us from God, so if the person you're with is assisting you from separating with God by continuing to have premarital sex with you then they are more concerned with the state of your body and not the state of your soul. I learned from my husband that true love comes from waiting and making sure that I'm right with God, by being the leader of our home, through prayer and through deed.

Don't be ashamed if you're waiting, God truly honors you for doing so. And for those who have made the decision to wait, congratulations! It will be so worth it. Cheers to bringing purity back!

God bless!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Feeling Distant from God?

Have you ever had those moments where it felt like God wasn't there? Or that your relationship with Him was becoming distant and you could no longer feel Him in your life like you once did and things were not how they used to be when you first gave your heart to God? If you're feeling this way it's because God wants to have sincere fellowship with you. That's Him tugging on your heart telling you that's how He's feeling about your relationship with Him. He loves us so much and desires to spend time with us.

Here are possible reasons that you are feeling distant from God and ways you can begin feeling His presence again in your life.

1. You have the wrong focus.
One of the reasons you could be feeling at a stand still with God is because you've become more focused on pursuing riches and success and less time focusing on God's will in your life. I went through a stage where I was more focused on how could I become successful, that I missed the whole point and became distracted and I forgot my main purpose in life is to give God glory and seek His will over my life, not my own. And success can come in many forms, it's not through money or having a great career, success is pleasing the Father and doing His will He has for our lives. If we become too busy chasing our rewards here on earth, then we began to make the things of this world higher than the things of God, and we become slaves to earthly success, showing where our heart is. The Bible tells us to store our treasures up in heaven because those are the rewards that will last for an eternity.

Matthew 6:19"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20"But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

So if we are finding ourselves concerned with success (or finding a spouse, bills or any other thing), we need to go back to God and ask Him to place His desires in our hearts, because nothing on this earth will satisfy us if we are not in His will. We must serve God first of all, we cannot serve both God and money-Matthew 6:24.

Not to say we can't have success here on earth, but we should walk in the will of God and pursue Him first. If we are too focused on gaining riches that is a sure way for the enemy to use those desires and draw us away from God. Instead we should focus on God and seek Him for what He wants us to do in our lives.

Also being focused on all that's wrong in the world can be another distraction, and seeing that there is so much wrong in this world could also be another thing weakening our faith. Instead of focusing on the wrong we must focus on God's goodness and ways that we can help better the world, even if it's just through small things and showing others kindness, it makes a difference. The world is fallen and getting crazier by the day because sin corrupted it, we must keep our mind on heavenly things, which will in turn strengthen our faith and give us hope.

2. You have habitual sin in your life.
John 9:31 We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will.

Proverbs 15:29 The LORD is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous.

According to the verses above we should be living lives that are not corrupted by sin, that means we shouldn't be willfully practicing sin. If we are in outright rebellion against God through sin, then we make no room for His light to effectively shine in us. Light and darkness can not dwell together in the same place. In order for our prayers to have any merit or power we must turn away from sin or anything that displeases God, this goes for what we do, what we say and even what we watch on TV or on the internet. If it's going against God's will, we more than likely shouldn't be watching it.

A life of sin creates a blockage between us and God, removing sin from our lives creates the pathway for us to have a pure and closer relationship to God.

The good news about God is that He is faithful to forgive us of our sins, as long as we repent, turn to Him and leave our sinful ways behind.

James 5:15 If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

3. You're not turning to Him.
When test and trials come we should run to God for our strength instead of running to others first. It's perfectly fine to ask others to pray for you and for words of wisdom, but we should ultimately be getting our source from God.

In order for Him to really be our comforter and strength, we'll have to go through life's challenges for Him to show himself as such, but we have to remember to go to HIM for Him to be able to act in that role.

If God feels far away it could be because you're not going to Him, but instead going to others or even sin for that comfort. We can't let people or things replace the role that God is supposed to be in our lives. If we draw near to God, He'll draw near to us. We must set aside time to spend with Him and delight being in His presence and getting into His Word. God is worthy to be praised. Let's make Him our first love.

I pray that as the body of Christ we can be pleasing to God, without spot or wrinkle on His return. As the world grows darker may His light grow brighter within us. I pray that God lead us into His ways and that we won't be corrupted by the world, but let our hope, joy and strength be in the Lord and in Jesus Christ. Amen.

I love you all!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Never Give Up!

You know that thing you've been praying for, or that situation you may have been asking God to intervene in and it doesn't seem like nothing is happening or getting any better. Do you ever feel like quitting? Well join the team! There's always going to be a situation where we will get tested in life, and we may not feel like we can get through it, but don't give up! There is a blessing around the corner, and there is hope when we turn to Jesus, even when we may not feel like it. He is always there to pick us back up and remind us of who we are in Him and that we are capable to see it through.

Somethings in life we go through to learn valuable lessons and also it's an opportunity for us to praise God through the bad, if we only love God through the good, then what does that say about our relationship with Him? We have to be patient in the waiting, and show God we love Him through the good and through the bad. Don't give up and keep pressing, and remember to pray and resist the enemy, this too shall pass.

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

In Over my Head

Sometimes we all have that one song that's able to capture how we're feeling perfectly in some moments in our life through the lyrics and melody. I've been finding myself on repeat with this song by Jenn Johnson. I really enjoy the soft melody and the lyrics are very meaningful. I like how it's about getting immersed in God and letting our thoughts be focused on Him.

Instead of being in over our heads with worries let's be in over our heads with the goodness of God because He's faithful, through the good or the bad.

Here are the lyrics:

Bethel Music/ Jenn Johnson Lyrics
"In Over My Head"

I have come to this place in my life
I’m full but I’ve not satisfied
This longing to have more of You
I can feel it my heart is convinced
I’m thirsty my soul can’t be quenched
You already know this but still
Come and do whatever You want to

I’m standing knee deep but I’m out where never been
I feel You coming and I hear Your voice on the wind

Would you come and tear down the boxes that I have tried to put You in
Let love come teach me who You are again
Take me back to the place where my heart was only about You
And all I wanted was just to be with You
Come and do whatever You want to

Further and further my heart moves away from the shore
Whatever it looks like, whatever may come I am Yours
Further and further my heart moves away from the shore
Whatever it looks like, whatever may come I am Yours

Then You crash over me and I’ve lost control but I’m free
I’m going under, I’m in over my head
And You crash over me, I’m where You want me to be
I’m going under, I’m in over my head
Whether I sink, whether I swim
It makes no difference when I’m beautifully in over my head
Whether I sink, whether I swim
It makes no difference when I’m beautifully in over my head
I’m Beautifully in over my head
I’m Beautifully in over my head

I pray everyone has a great week!

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