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Out with the OLD, In with the NEW

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So now that you know God (or should I say, now that God knows you), why do you want to go back again and become slaves once more to the weak and useless spiritual principles of this world? Galatians 4:9

As a continuation of the call of action our congregation had last month to study a chapter of proverbs a day. I began studying Galatians as a follow up. As I state on my About me page Galatians 1:10 was one of my first scriptures I memorized, so that’s why I chose it. The word states: “Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.” This scripture is so powerful! After getting more into the book of Galatians I realized it is kind of like a mirror. You know I’m saying that a lot these days after reading my book. (That’s what I call the Bible).

Paul writes to us (the Christians) in this book letting us know that we are delivered by our faith. He shares what the earlier law stated about sacrifices and doing works for salvation and then he switches gears and tells about how we don’t have to be bound be that old stuff! He shares again, as the Bible continually does, that because Jesus died for us we are free! We live in remembrance of Him through believing. He compares how life was before the covenant and what it is like after.

Galatians is another declaration for us to keep moving forward into the light. We can remember where we were prior to God and our thoughts of who He is now. I don’t know about you but that is reflection. He is definitely bigger and has more depth in my eyes and life. I had…..well have hang ups that are still being worked on but studying this book helps me to remember the price that was paid. I think about all of the things the old law said and I am relieved that God loved me soooo much He wanted a one on one relationship through Jesus with Me! Galatians helps put everything into perspective.

It’s still like a double edge sword because I see where my focus should be and my actions are swayed to go another way. I was a people pleaser that hated confrontation. I tried to avoid it at all costs. I know as Brothers and Sisters in Christ and with people of the world “iron sharpens iron” but shoot I like to think I’m iron but realistically I’m more like silly putty. I even had to go back and change the tense of the earlier sentence because I know my Father is working on this. I know this is where God wants me to turn away from my old self and be more like Him.

I can sense God is telling me “Keep straight stop turning around. Do you see where turning around and the old way has gotten you? Try my way.”

What is God asking you to turn away and focus on? What are you doing that may not be pleasing Him but is pleasing for someone else? What is your “old” that needs to be replaced with a new?

Faith of a Mustard Seed

This weekend as I moved into my own place, I reflected on how I arrived here. I prayed for this place to become available and naively didn’t believe it would. I had the faith my situation would change but not what I asked for exactly!

I lacked unwavering and sound faith and was blindly walking into unchartered waters: The calm current of God’s love and Him providing for me.

Coming from asking a now fellow disciple to stay one night after only meeting her three times, sleeping in my car outside of Starbucks, staying with another new friend for a week who I had known only for maybe a month, going to a shelter for three weeks, and asking my same “new” friend if I could come back. I wound up staying with her for almost 3 months.

The tunnel was looking dim and bleak, however there was light at the end of the tunnel.

This has definitely been a journey. One of patience, hope, humbleness, faith, prayer, and trust.

To think back now on that prayer that was sent up and the blessing God has poured down, I am at a place of serenity knowing He heard me.

The word says, “You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” Matthew 17:20 NLT

I can honestly say that is what I had, the faith of a mustard seed. I was a new disciple and did not know the power I possessed. ( I still don’t know the full capacity) I told my mountain to move and said what I wanted. God provided the rest! He actually provided more. Wow!

Luke 17:6 NLT adds, “The Lord answered, “If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘May you be uprooted and thrown into the sea,’ and it would obey you!”

To actually see God’s word alive and living is astonishing.

To know that God fulfills his promises are empowering.

Thank you God. I marvel at your magnificence.

I’m speechless and at awe because of your love, grace, and most importantly mercy.

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Do you still not have Faith?

Good morning!!!

So I am at work early working on a project and I was listening to the audio bible. The week before last our Church Leader Darryl assigned for us to read the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, John & Luke). He had been doing a series entitled “Amazing” and studying the book Mark. This is where i began. As I am listening, I hear a line that I had to play again and then read it again and let it sink in.

He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Mark 4:40

As you know I was baptized on Sunday. As I reflect over the week thus far, I ask myself “Have I been renewed? Am I really refreshed? Am I believing and walking into the promise?

I checked myself yesterday by going back to this scripture:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 1 Corinthians 5:17

Thus far I have not been living up to my potential. I was retracting to old ways and behaviors. I know it has only been four days, but God is already like, “hold up, did you forget what I said? I have already given you the tools. Use them daughter.”

To answer you Jesus: I am afraid because I am beginning to walk. It is wobbly but I will hold on to your truths. No, I do have Faith! Thank you for the confidence and encouragement.

But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. 1 John 4:4

So as I head into today, I hold these truths to be guiding force as my foundation. What about you?

Restoration

“Baptism is faith in action.”

“Baptism is faith in action.”

Romans 6: 3-6 Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.

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Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.
Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.

God is up to something

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Lesson Learned

Yesterday was really interesting. I was on my way to meet some new friends. I left early so I would make it. Instead of staying on track I detoured and went somewhere to take a really quick picture.

Once I was there I noticed a young lady taking pictures alone like myself. I offered to take her picture and this sparked up a conversation. She told me how she had been traveling the US for a month. She has been to New York, San Francisco, the Grand Canyon, and Yosemite park. She was from China and lived in Paris for 6 years. I was intrigued.

Again, I already had plans to meet up with a group of new friends. So I asked her if she had seen the Lincoln Memorial and we could go together.

We walked and talked some more and after 20 minutes of walking realized we were lost. When we looked up to see how far it was it was 20 minutes. Instead of calling someone I just went home.

This is an example of how the devil tries to detour us. Although I know that all things come together for good, Romans 8:28, I still felt afterwards like this was a ploy. I was on my way to worship in His name and celebrate another disciples Birthday, but my own need for socialization got in the way. I really want to travel and experience new things, once I heard of her trip I was hooked.

I thought I was hooking her by inviting her with me, but we never made it to the destination.

Focus is something that has been on my heart heavy and if I kept Colossians 3:2, “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth”, on the forefront, I would’ve stayed on path.

All in all, this has allowed me to see how “keeping your eyes on the prize,” is beneficial and detrimental in your walk of faith.

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