A new perspective.

“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use for judging is the standard by which you will be judged.  And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye, when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye, when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye, then you will see well enough to see to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.” Matthew 7:1-5 NLT 

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Matthew 7:1 NIV

I needed to use both translations today, so sorry if that feels a little redundant. 

I do my best as a Christian to live a life that is pleasing to my savior. I don’t claim to be perfect, and the Lord knows, I’ve made mistakes. I want to be clear, that I realize I’m a mess, and that I STILL need grace every day! 

A lot of people don’t like to touch on this subject because they don’t want to come across as judging others while they write about that very thing, but I feel compelled to write about today. 

As a former bible quizzer, I still love scripture, and when things like this pop out at you as if you’re reading it for the first time, I love it even more! 

As I was spending time with God tonight, researching this topic that was placed on my heart, and listening to Bethel church spontaneous worship, (LOVE THEM) 

So my GOD is a LOVING GOD, and my GOD offers grace for free for everyone!

I just want to talk about Paul for a second. Saul (whose name changes to Paul, I believe you can look that up in acts chapter 13th…) persecuted CHRISTIANS. The bible says he breathed out murderous threats toward them. (ACTS 9.) He was….Well the opposite of being a Christian. He didn’t want anything to do with God, and he didn’t like HIS (God’s people.)  

So God comes to him and asks him why he’s doing this, and in the long run, Saul ends up blind for three days. 

I love this though….God calls a disciple to go and place his hands on Saul, and heal him, but this person called Ananias is afraid because Saul has permission from the chief priest to arrest those who call on God’s name. 

But this is God’s reply “ Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel.  I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.” 

Ananias did go, and restore Saul’s sight with the power of God, of course. Saul was baptized, and went on to preach the gospel to many.  

Now I could have wrote down the whole story word for word, but I really want you to pull out your bible, and read it for yourself. You should never just take someones word for it. 

I really want to touch on something though. GOD LOVED PAUL** ENOUGH TO PURSUE HIM! He didn’t judge him for his past, but rather focused on his future. He didn’t give up on him. He showed him mercy; mercy that he didn’t deserve. 

Want to know something? None of us deserve grace or mercy. If we had to earn it, I fear none of us would. But that’s the thing, God wants us. He doesn’t spend hours contemplating our pasts, and mistakes; when we ask for forgiveness, it’s as far as the east is from the west. 

Which brings me back to the scriptures that I started with. 

If God can show mercy and grace to someone like Paul, how can we withhold it from those around us? Shame on us! Non believers need to see that we’re different. I never want someone to look at me and see the world. I want them to know I’m different. I don’t want them to be afraid to be real with me. I don’t want them to feel like they can’t come to God because of who they were. God wants them as they are! 

This goes for those in the church as well. I’ve seen so many Christians walk away, or leave the church because they feel judged or not worthy. Forgive me, if I’ve ever made someone feel this way. We need to focus more on loving others, and building them up, then reminding them of who they were. 

God’s doesn’t remind you of your past. Accept others with the same grace. 

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.” 2nd Corithians 5:17. 

I challenge you to remember this in your day to day life; when you look at someone, tell yourself… He/She is NEW!!


Breakthrough is coming!!

I want you guys to walk this journey with me, as I learn to be more like Jesus, and learn to love like him. It is my goal to be a woman after God’s own heart. But somedays I lose my temper, and my words aren’t pretty, and I throw a fit when things don’t go my way. Do you have days like those? 

Anyhow, I find I get like that when I pray and pray for something and it doesn’t happen. I mean I could understand if it was a selfish prayer request, but the ones I’m talking about are the heartfelt pleas that go up to God in times of trial when you don’t know what else to do. I get upset when I get no answer because if God loves me, why wouldn’t he help me? 

Do you remember the story in the Bible of the woman who had the issue of bleeding for 12 years? Well she had this ongoing issue and the doctors didn’t help, she was out of money, and I’m thinking she felt very alone. In most peoples eyes her situation was hopeless, but she didn’t give up faith. She knew that if she could just touch Jesus’ cloak, she would be healed. SHE KNEW WITHOUT A DOUBT! She pushed through a crowd, and did not let anything stand in her way between her, and breakthrough. She touched Jesus cloak and was immediately healed! 

I want faith like that. I want faith that says “I’m not letting anything sway me. I know that My God will come through for me.” 

For the past few months I’ve been praying for a new job, and the stress was getting to me. I was starting to lose faith that I would find something that worked for me, and my schedule, when a woman shared the story above in church. It was just the reminder I needed to push through the crowd. I got a call a week later with a job offer. I don’t know that I’ve stopped thanking God since I heard the news! I’m so overwhelmed with His love and goodness! What are you praying for that you feel has become “hopeless?” God is waiting for you to push through the crowd, and touch his cloak. Breakthrough is coming!!

You are new!

Do you ever feel like you can’t win with someone? I mean no matter what you do, no matter how kind you are, they will always find a reason to dislike you. It’s my instinct to avoid conflict, and live in peace. I don’t like fighting, and I don’t want to argue. It’s wasted energy.  I tend to try my best with people because I don’t want to have someone dislike me, but if I’ve done all I can do to fix the situation, I walk away. Sometimes, it’s the only healthy thing to do. 

What if it’s someone you can’t walk away from though? So you find yourself constantly trying to please this person. You will never measure up, and you will always be told what you’re doing wrong.  What then? 

I can honestly say, it becomes a way of mind, it seeps into your thoughts, and steals your joy. You can’t walk away because you love this person, and as messed up as that is, you can’t stop it. You feel like a failure all the time. It is not a healthy way to live. 

See I can do everything right in a day, and still this person, will find the one thing I did wrong, and will go on for hours about it. I call these people destructive, because they are destructive to my frame of mind. They take away my* happiness, and my accomplishments. These people are bullies. 

I have taken to reminding myself of God’s truths over my life when these people won’t let me live in peace. I remind myself that I have purpose and destiny written all over my life. It doesn’t make them stop, but it puts me back in control. Bullies can only hurt you mentally if you believe what they say to be true. I know this isn’t easy. I have days when I cry because the words someone said to me hurt so bad. I don’t have an easy answer for fighting back other than this reminder. “You are a child of the one true King. Jesus loved you enough to die and take your place. He chose you, he wanted you. When you come to him, your sins are as far as the East is from the West. You do not have to walk around carrying your past with you…YOU ARE NEW!! Don’t you dare let anyone tell you differently.