It’s about a RELATIONSHIP…not just a religion!


Today I am going to talk about why that being a Christian is Really Not just a religion but it is a Relationship. I will use some scriptures to help.

Christianity is not a Religion Bumper Stickers

Society today has really changed what being a “Christian” really is. Today a lot of people will accept the “title” of being a Christian and not following through with the actions. Some will even fall into being “religious” and still not do the actions in which a “true Christian” should do.

I have talked to several people as well as heard people say that they were Christians. You ask them, “Do you believe in God?” they say yes. You ask ,” You believe in Jesus and that He died on the cross and rose out of the grave?” some will say yes. Now if you ask them if they think that they would go to Heaven if they died right then, most will say they don’t know or no but that they would like to hope that they would. They have been asked if they read their bibles, pray, or go to church, most say  only when they are in trouble or feel that they need to or just said no.

How can you be a Christian if you aren’t doing these things. The answer is you CAN’T. All of that is just being “Religious” it is a False Hope. With that being said you shouldn’t put the label of Christian on you unless you truly want to fall into what a CHRISTIAN is supposed to do.

Being a true Christian is about a RELATIONSHIP not religion. Because religion can fade away but a relationship with God will not if you follow what He has told you. Also, religion can be taken away by others. A relationship is a personal private thing between you and God and nobody can take that away from you.

Being in a relationship requires work on both sides. Being religious will tell you God does all the work and you just receive everything and do nothing but just ask. Having a relationship is work. It isn’t always easy or pleasant just like our physical relationships with people. But, we give and take  from God and He will give and take from us. It is like I said once a marriage. You have to be intimate and communicate. You will spend time with the one you love and cherish. You will talk to them and share everything with them and love them. Also, if it is a good healthy marriage they will become One and really act and think just like one person instead of two. This is how are relationship is supposed to be with God.

Romans 5:8-11

(v.8)But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (v.9)And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. (v.10)For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. (v.11)So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.

This shows us that it is an actual RELATIONSHIP!

 

A related post:

http://williamabush.wordpress.com/2012/11/27/relationship-vs-religion/

My Cry


My soul is longing for you Lord. I need more of you in my life and less of me. Move me out the way Lord. I just want to be your obedient servant. You are so worthy of Praise and Honor and so much more than I can give, but God I will give you all that I have. What you have given me I give back to you. Use me how you see fit God. Give me the boldness to do the things you have called me to do. I am so in love with you. There is a blazing fire in my belly. I don’t want the fire to be quenched. I want it to blaze for all eternity. I want to walk hand in hand with you. Stay in your presence that is where I belong. My heart worships you so loudly Lord. I get overwhelmed by you and your presence. But I want more of you; I can never get enough Holy Father. I can’t get enough of you, you are my beloved and I am yours. Mold me into who you want me to be. You are so beautiful to me. I feel like Mary when she came into the room and broke the alabaster box over your feet and cleaned them with her tears and dried your feet with her hair and anointed you. I just want to sit at your feet and worship you with all that I have and all I am. I just want to show you how thankful I am and how much I truly love you. Even if my whole earthly world crumbled I would never deny you, I would still serve you. I can not lie, my flesh would hurt and be weak but my spirit couldn’t toss you out. You have done so much for me whether I knew it or not. I can never forget what you did for me.

Just Talkin’ #1: Looking Back


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So much to say, don’t know where to begin. There are so many things that I can think back on and say wow I didn’t know that then or see it like that. There are number of stories I can tell about my life that I can now see how God was there and moving on my behalf, when I had no idea and it might not have felt like He was. I know without a doubt that I can’t do anything without Him. I am so grateful that He loved and still does love me and wanted me for Himself. It is an amazing feeling to be truly loved. To be truly loved and know that the ONE that loves you will never hurt you, never leave you , never let you down, will always be there, will always hold you up when your down or you can’t go on. It wasn’t until I was seeking after the deeper things of God that I began to realize these things. Like I said earlier I now can see how God was Always there with me, sometimes I would shove Him away I didn’t know if I could believe in this and if I could trust Him like it talked about in the Bible. I later on realized I couldn’t go on without Him. He was everything to me and the passion that drove me. He was always the peace that I felt inside. I needed Him and the peace He gave me cause I had none anywhere else, everything was chaos, and falling apart.

You Have A Calling…


God‘s got a call on each one of our lives. God is calling you to do the things that He has planned out for you and your life before you were born. In Jeremiah 1:5 it says this:

Jeremiah 1:5 NLT“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my spokesman to the world.”

 

This shows us that God has a unique plan for us. He has allowed us to make the decisions that will lead up to what He has had planned out for us all along. We go through things to be able to relate and testify to others who are going through the same stuff that we have been through. We are then proof that God can bring you out of the situation and turn it all around for the good. But you have to really desire God and what He wants for you and your life. God will reveal to you the area that He has called you to. He will not call you to something that He hasn’t prepared you for.

 

There is a price to pay for the calling and truly walking in it. You have to truly want it. The journey for it will not be easy but it will be worth it. In all things remember what all Jesus paid for us. We are so unworthy compared to Him. So, the things we will face are so small in comparison but are worth it also. We will have freedom in God and we will help lead others to that freedom. So we need to always look to God even when we are paying the price for the call on our lives. It can be tough,I know. There are times that you might just want to quit. That is when you have to push yourself and think about the one person that is relying on you to tell them about Jesus so that they won’t go to hell for all eternity.

 

The narrow road that says a lot in itself. There are a lot of things that can’t be taken down the narrow road. The Bible talks about the narrow road in Matthew 7:13-14 it says this:

Matthew 7:13-14 NLT

 

13 “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose the easy way. 14 But the gateway to life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it.

This tells us that we have to life holy sanctified lives to make it down that narrow road. The sacrifices that we make here on earth will be rewarded far more greatly in heaven.

 

Talk to God today and listen to Him. He will talk back and see what He has planned for you and your life.

Church As We Know It…


The Christians of  North America are so lax on how they should do things. We are to be out doing stuff for Christ not just on Sunday go to “Church” and do my weekly duty…no it is far more great than that. This thing that is called Christianity is NOT a religion it is a LIFESTYLE . The “Church” today has made it into something that it is truly not. The word “Church” is not supposed to refer to a building for worship/religious gatherings. It is us(the people/ the Christians) we are the Church, not a building and it’s not a place you can go. We live in a culture where it is all about you and yourself, your ways and desires who cares about anything or anybody else as long as it is what you want. We are to be out teaching, preaching, healing, and doing signs and wonders like it is a normal thing. Because in all truth, it is Normal. We have been so shut off and down by the government,the church, entertainment, and so much more. It is so much easier to say you believe in something and do absolutely nothing about and be happy as society determines happy and go on about life living as you want. Most of those people are NEVER truly happy. There is something that they are always seeking and the answer is right before their very eyes. That’s Jesus and a relationship with Him, what Christianity is supposed to be.We are to be out to disciple the nations.

Matthew 28:19 (NLT) Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Luke 10:9 (NLT) Heal the sick, and tell them, ‘The Kingdom of God is near you now.’


Let Your Light Shine!


There is a light that fills us when we accept Jesus into our hearts. He is the light. We are to allow Him to shine out through us. Others should not see us but Him in us. Our actions greatly affect us and others.

Matthew 5:14 (NLT) “You are the light of the world–like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.

If we live as Jesus wants us to and because we want to not because someone is making us then people will notice. They will notice there is joy, peace, and a love in you like no other. They might even ask you about it and even desire to get what you have. We should act the same in public that we do in private. Act the way you do when it is just you by yourself. If you can not do or say the things you do in private or all alone in public then you shouldn’t be doing them. We are to bring glory to God in all the we do.

John 12:46 (NLT)I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark.

We should go out in the world and tell them about Christ Jesus. Also, our actions should tell others about Jesus as well.

Acts 13:47 (NLT) For the Lord gave us this command when he said, ‘I have made you a light to the Gentiles, to bring salvation to the farthest corners of the earth.'”


Word Of The Lord 12-9-10


Come to the place that I want you in says the Lord. Let your light shine brightly like never before. So that all may know that I am God and I am in you. They will see the Mighty Presence of Me in you. You have a Compassionate Spirit in you, it’s the Spirit of Me that I have placed in you to show love to all who are near you and to those who just hear you. Things will break off of the ones you pray for and their lives will be truly touched. Remember that I am the Lord your God and I can do anything NOTHING is too Big for me. Just call on Me and Believe.

Rely On God For It All…


God will never put more on us than we can handle. Sometimes it is very hard and it seems like it is just too much. But, we have to remember that He won’t put more on us than we can handle. We have to keep pushing ourselves to fight the old flesh(human nature) that says when it gets ruff to just quit and take the easy way out. Also, as we go through these things we are growing and gaining faith and other things that we need to help us with our walk with Christ. So, just trust in God and He will bring you through it, you just have to believe that He will do it.

1 Corinthians 10:13 (New Living Translation)
The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

2 Thessalonians 1:7 (New Living Translation)
And God will provide rest for you who are being persecuted and also for us when the Lord Jesus appears from heaven. He will come with his mighty angels,

Worry…a lot of people do a whole lot of this. Even some Christians worry. We are not suppose to worry. Worry shows a lack of faith in God and what He has promised to do for us. It can be hard in the world we live today with all the bills and things, but He said He will provide us with our needs. We might not always have the things we would want (our extras) but we never do without, if we are relying on Him.  He wants to provide us with our needs and even some of our wants if we will truly trust Him and put Him in charge. Instead of worrying about stuff and trying to fix it our way. For His way is greater than ours.

Philippians 4:6 (New Living Translation)
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

2 Corinthians 9:8 (New Living Translation)

And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.

2 Corinthians 9:10 (New Living Translation)
For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.

Matthew 6:25 (New Living Translation)

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life–whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?

Plant Your Roots Deep


The definition of root is (botany) the usually underground organ that lacks buds or leaves or nodes; absorbs water and mineral salts; usually it anchors the plant to the ground.

What do roots do? They grab the soil and hang on or dig in and won’t let go.  They keep going deeper and deeper seeking  better nutrients. We should be like the roots. Christ  is that soil and we need to plant our roots deep in the soil so that we can’t be removed.  The deeper we are in Christ or seek after Him the better nutrients we get out of the Word and from Him. It is a never ending process. We must continue to grow as the roots do. If we stop we will die off and be pulled out just like a plant that roots have died.

There are three major functions of roots:

1) absorption of water and inorganic nutrients

2) anchoring of the plant body to the ground

3) storage of food and nutrients.

Here are the 3 ways we can relate to the roots:

1) Accept Jesus in our hearts and absorb  Him and His Word ( He is the Living Water)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) Much fasting …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

… and much prayer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3)Reading , Studying, and Memorizing  the Bible ( the Word of God)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colossians 2:6-15 (NLT)

6And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him.

7Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

8Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.

9For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.

10So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.

11When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision—the cutting away of your sinful nature.

12For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.

13You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins.

14He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.

15In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.

Thankfulness


Be thankful! Even if you have had a rough time this year, month, week, or day, still be thankful.

This is the time of year that people kind of notice and give credit to being thankful for things in their lives.

 

Can you list things in your life that you are thankful for?

We are a spoiled nation and have so many opportunities  that a lot of other do not get the chance to do.Even the people who are homeless, alone, abused, and abandoned can be thankful. Sometime some of the people in these situations would rather be dead than alive, so they wouldn’t have to suffer. But everything we do in life is for a reason. We struggle so that we can help others who are going through the same thing. We all should be thankful for one thing if nothing else. That one thing is Jesus that He came to earth, died for our sins, was buried and went to hell, got the keys of hell and paid the price so that you and I wouldn’t have to, and rose again(showing that nothing can hold back the Almighty and His Power). Yes, be thankful we have such a Merciful Lord who would be willing to do all of that just for You and I.

I have been blessed a lot! No, I do not have a lot of physical things and I struggle financially a lot. But, I have been so blessed. I have my life, I am saved through Jesus Christ, my husband, my children, my other family, my friends, my church, my church family, evangelism, a happy spirit, and the list could go on and on. All of these things no amount of money could buy and Only Jesus can bring the Happiness that comes with all these things.

Praise Jesus and thank Him that Today that He gave you one more day to live, so make it worth it. If you have not given your life to God, please consider it, for today may be your last and eternity is a long time to feel pain and suffering when you could have peace and joy. If you have given your life to God, don’t just thank Him today. Thank Him all day every day.

Go out today and tell  somebody that you love them and your thankful for them being here, even if it is a complete stranger. That simple statement could change someone’s life.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless!

 

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