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/

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It’s about unconditional love <3 Beloved<3


I know that people really don’t believe in unconditional love. But, it does exist. I would like to share more on that. I am going to start by talking about being beloved.

I am going to explain the word BELOVED: as it is mentioned in the Bible. God said that we are His beloved,that is so deep and stirring.

Beloved in Hebrew-הֶאָהוּב (he-ahuv)

in Hebrew means ‘beloved’ literally (derived from the root ’hb, ‘love’.) It is often used of people but can be used of other things too. A common pet name for one’s lover is ahuvi (m) or ahuvati (f), ‘my ahuv’. Works nicely in literary or informal contexts. This word, additionally, is the one that could stand on its own (as an adjective standing for a noun) the best. (Definite: he-ahuv.)

Beloved in Greek-Agapetos

in Greek means beloved, esteemed, dear, favourite, worthy of love

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 1 John 3:1-2 ESV

One of my favorite words in the Bible is the word beloved. It doesn’t appear in every version, but I think it’s a correct word for a key principle God is trying to teach us about His kind of love.

Often one of the hardest things for a person to do is to accept unconditional love. Perhaps it’s because the world is so void of that kind of love. The world often displays a love that is contingent on the recipient’s behavior or form of repayment of the love. It is a give and take kind of love…a “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” kind of trade-off for love. Sadly, many marriages share this kind of conditional love, where spouses agree to love each other as long as they are given equal or greater love in exchange.

That is not at all, however, the love of God the Bible teaches. The word beloved in the previous verse literally means “ beloved, esteemed, dear, favorite, worthy of love”. It’s a word indicating an action on the part of the one doing the loving. The God of the universe, the same God who paints a sunset, shapes a mountain and plans the waves at the beach, has chosen to love us, not because of who we are, but because of who He is. Our role in this is to BE-LOVED.

Are you struggling to accept that kind of unconditional love? Have the circumstances of life caused you to question God’s love? Will you do me a favor? Take some time today to read Job chapters 38-42. Job was experiencing more heartache than any person should ever experience and he was questioning his situation and ultimately God’s love for him at the time. In these chapters, God answers his dilemma. It’s a challenging and encouraging read.

You and I may never fully comprehend the love of God, but for today we can be encouraged that we have been called “beloved” and we can anticipate learning about and receiving more of His kind of love.

In the New Testament “beloved” used exclusively of Divine and Christian love, an affection begotten in the community of the new spiritual life in Christ, e.g. “beloved in the Lord” (Romans 16:8). The beauty, unity, endearment of this love is historically unique, being peculiarly Christian. “Brethren” in Christ are “beloved” (1 Thessalonians 1:4 1; Corinthians 15:58 ;James 1:16; James 2:5). Many individuals are specified by name: Timothy (2 Timothy 1:2); Philemon (Philemon 1:1); Amplias, Urbane, Stachys, Persis (Romans 16:8, 9, 12), etc. The aged John is the conspicuous New Testament illustration of the depth and tenderness of Christian love. In his epistles alone he addresses his disciples 12 times as “beloved.” Paul terms “God’s elect” “holy and beloved” (Colossians 3:12).

The term rises to still Diviner significance as an epithet of Christ, whom Paul, grateful for His “freely bestowed” grace, terms “the Beloved.” This is the word used repeatedly to express God the Father‘s infinite affection for Jesus His “beloved Son” (Matthew 3:17; Matthew 12:18; Matthew 17:5 Mark 1:11; Mark 9:7 Luke 3:22; Luke 20:13).

So through it all remember that you are loved deeply and unconditionally. Times and things might not always be easy or appear that you are not alone in this life. But, I can tell you from my life and experiences that God is always there even when we can’t see or feel Him.

 

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.

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.

Defeat the Enemy


The Lord will move for you if you will let Him. Call out to Him. Believe with all your heart and soul. Long for Him. Be faithful to Him, His Words, and His Ways. Stand up strong and mighty through Christ Jesus. The trumpets are blowing and it is time for us to take charge. We will conquer over the evil that is set before us.

 

Psalm 111:1-10 (New Living Translation)

1Praise the LORD!I will thank the LORD with all my heart as I meet with his godly people.

2How amazing are the deeds of the LORD! All who delight in him should ponder them.

3Everything he does reveals his glory and majesty.His righteousness never fails.

4He causes us to remember his wonderful works.How gracious and merciful is our LORD!

5He gives food to those who fear him;he always remembers his covenant.

6He has shown his great power to his people by giving them the lands of other nations.

7All he does is just and good,and all his commandments are trustworthy.

8They are forever true,to be obeyed faithfully and with integrity.

9He has paid a full ransom for his people.He has guaranteed his covenant with them forever.What a holy, awe-inspiring name he has!

10Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true wisdom.All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom.Praise him forever!

 

We just need to rely on God and do things His Way.

Joshua 10:6-13 (New Living Translation)

6The men of Gibeon quickly sent messengers to Joshua at his camp in Gilgal. “Don’t abandon your servants now!” they pleaded. “Come at once! Save us! Help us! For all the Amorite kings who live in the hill country have joined forces to attack us.”

7So Joshua and his entire army, including his best warriors, left Gilgal and set out for Gibeon. 8“Do not be afraid of them,” the LORD said to Joshua, “for I have given you victory over them. Not a single one of them will be able to stand up to you.”

9Joshua traveled all night from Gilgal and took the Amorite armies by surprise. 10The LORD threw them into a panic, and the Israelites slaughtered great numbers of them at Gibeon. Then the Israelites chased the enemy along the road to Beth-horon, killing them all along the way to Azekah and Makkedah. 11As the Amorites retreated down the road from Beth-horon, the LORD destroyed them with a terrible hailstorm from heaven that continued until they reached Azekah. The hail killed more of the enemy than the Israelites killed with the sword.

12On the day the LORD gave the Israelites victory over the Amorites, Joshua prayed to the LORD in front of all the people of Israel. He said,

“Let the sun stand still over Gibeon,

and the moon over the valley of Aijalon.”

13So the sun stood still and the moon stayed in place until the nation of Israel had defeated its enemies.



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.

Beautiful In The Sight Of God


 

We are rare jewels to God. He loves and cherishes each and every one.

We are all together beautiful to Christ inside and out. He loves us and He wants us to love Him. He created us to be the beauty He sought after. Get into the high places in Christ. He wants us to look at all the situations and things in our lives with Him and through His eyes. We are all treasures and precious jewels in the sight of God. He doesn’t want to lose any but cherish them all.If we are following God and His Will our lips will flow out sweet things that glorify Him and our garments will be as of Him sweet and wonderful aroma. We are His treasures. He hides His secrets inside of us.

We are even to be more excited and stirred up for Him and everything about Him. Ask God to refresh and breathe on us and our fruits. Make them more lovely and come into our secret place and have intimacy with Him.

Song Of Solomon 4:1-16(New Living Translation)

1You are beautiful, my darling,

beautiful beyond words.

Your eyes are like doves

behind your veil.

Your hair falls in waves,

like a flock of goats winding down the slopes of Gilead.

2Your teeth are as white as sheep,

recently shorn and freshly washed.

Your smile is flawless,

each tooth matched with its twin.

3Your lips are like scarlet ribbon;

your mouth is inviting.

Your cheeks are like rosy pomegranates

behind your veil.

4Your neck is as beautiful as the tower of David,

jeweled with the shields of a thousand heroes.

5Your breasts are like two fawns,

twin fawns of a gazelle grazing among the lilies.

6Before the dawn breezes blow

and the night shadows flee,

I will hurry to the mountain of myrrh

and to the hill of frankincense.

7You are altogether beautiful, my darling,

beautiful in every way.

8Come with me from Lebanon, my bride,

come with me from Lebanon.

Come down from Mount Amana,

from the peaks of Senir and Hermon,

where the lions have their dens

and leopards live among the hills.

9You have captured my heart,

my treasure,my bride.

You hold it hostage with one glance of your eyes,

with a single jewel of your necklace.

10Your love delights me,

my treasure, my bride.

Your love is better than wine,

your perfume more fragrant than spices.

11Your lips are as sweet as nectar, my bride.

Honey and milk are under your tongue.

Your clothes are scented

like the cedars of Lebanon.

12You are my private garden, my treasure, my bride,

a secluded spring, a hidden fountain.

13Your thighs shelter a paradise of pomegranates

with rare spices—

henna with nard,

14nard and saffron,

fragrant calamus and cinnamon,

with all the trees of frankincense, myrrh, and aloes,

and every other lovely spice.

15You are a garden fountain,

a well of fresh water

streaming down from Lebanon’s mountains.

Young Woman

16Awake, north wind!

Rise up, south wind!

Blow on my garden

and spread its fragrance all around.

Come into your garden, my love;

taste its finest fruits.

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?

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