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I Like Cucumbers

John 13:34-35

        So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

???????????????????????????????I like cucumbers, he likes pickles and won’t eat cucumbers.  He hates tomatoes but likes ketchup, I like both.  At first I disliked intimate worship but because of his love for it I also began to enjoy it.  Do you see the picture I am painting? We has humans have many dislikes and likes and when we marry someone or merge into someones life we have to learn how to work out our differences.  Even if someone does not understand the concepts behind the likes or dislike (take the tomato/ketchup issue) we have to learn that each person is different.

 

This also applies to Christian life.  We all have grown up in different church settings.  We have learned may different ways of worship.  We learned ways of praying.  We read different versions of the Bible.  Each of us interpret how to love God in the way we were raised and no one has the right to force anything on anyone else as far as how to believe in God or have faith.  We as a body of Christ need to learn how to weave our differences together to make a whole church.  No matter if one is Catholic or Methodist, we should be able to come together in unity to serve as Christ did.

 

Even in the midst of disagreement, we are children of God.  No matter what we put down as our church affiliate at the hospital before surgery, we are still going to pray to the same God in heaven.  We are still seek the same God to heal our wounds.  We all search for acceptance from God in our own way and we do not have the right to stand in judgement of another’s belief system.  We need to come to the understanding that we can not change people, only Jesus can and the only way we are going to influence others into seeing Jesus for who He is, is by our own actions and lifestyles.

 

So, to bring this to a point, I like revival.  I like the feeling of God working on my heart every time I set foot in the church.  I like the conviction He brings to my heart when I begin to step out of His plan for me.  I love the free worship.  I love the freedom I have to worship God right where I am in that very moment of time and no one will judge me for it.  I love Jesus and to me this is where I feel the closest to Him.  Revival may not be for everyone, but Jesus is.

 

Are you standing in judgement of someone else’s belief system?  Is it hard for you to stand side by side with someone from a different religious background than you?  If so, I urge you to let it go and seek God for the grace to love like Jesus does.  We are called to love one another as Jesus did and this means religion does not matter, it is the heart that does.  Any heart that Jesus resides in is looking for the same unity in the body.  I know I struggled at times with the same things and I finally learned to come to the understanding that only God can change hearts and minds, my only task is to love them right where they are.

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Shed Some Light

Isaiah 58:10

Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.
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Alright, Christmas is over and we celebrated the birth of Jesus.  Now Easter has come and gone….now what?  Do we just pine away at life until Christmas rolls around again so that we can start all over?  It seems as if perhaps we just set our Christian lifestyle aside for a little while when there is no “religious holidays” to contend with.  We just live our daily lives and pay no attention that we should be celebrating the life and death of Jesus every morning when we awaken from our slumber.
Whether it is the season to be giving or the one of reverence for what God allowed to happen to His son so that we may have eternal life, we should be shedding some light on what it’s really like to be a Christian.  We should be living daily as an example of what God really did for us by giving us His Only Son.  We should be kind and loving, giving and grateful, but most of all we should be sharing the Good News no matter where we go…..EVERYWHERE.
Now I am not talking about becoming Bible Thumpers…..I just mean being who we were meant to be in Christ.  Doesn’t this mean preaching every place you enter?  Do you mean I have to quote Bible verse after Bible verse AFTER Bible verse all the time?  Does it mean you won’t ever sin again?  Nope, it just means you have to share the Good News of Jesus with those you come in contact with.  Sometimes this just means praying for a certain person who does not know the love of God and is closed off to it.
Being a Christian does not mean you have to to walk up to each person you meet and ask them if they know Jesus or tell them that they are going to hell if they don’t believe.  Many of the conversations I have had about Jesus have come about because I started  a simple, normal conversation with someone.  We talk about one thing which leads to another and pretty soon I can’t help share something about what Jesus has done in my life.  It really is a simple thing to do.
I encourage each of us to press into God and allow Him to use us in tremendous and creative ways to spread His Gospel story to those who have yet to hear it.  If we just share our testimonies with those we encounter, God will take care of the rest.  We have two commands from Jesus in this current hour, love one another and spread the Good News to everyone.  Let’s go be fishers of men and shed some of His Light so that all might be saved.

Judgement or Encouragement

Romans 14:19

So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up
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How we do we know the difference between judging someone for where they stand with God and encouraging them to dip their toe a little deeper into the river of life?  Sometimes we see bothers and sisters in Christ struggling with so many things and having walked a certain path we know where our help comes from and we have this desire to show them the way to hope, yet they think we are judging them for where they are.  Soon we are arguing about who is right and what is wrong; soon the scene seems to become so hopeless.
There are many hurting people out there and sadly lots  of them are Christians who know God has a plan for their lives and He is their help in present time.  I just want to shake them until they get it, yet I know it is best to just love them where they are at.  I always joke about how I can post something cheesy about God on Facebook and 12 plus people will like it but the moment I mention revival I barely can get any response.  I guess what I am trying to say is that revival changed my life when it came to nearby church.  I have not been the same since I fell in love with Jesus again and I just want others to experience this too.
I wish I could show people just how much can change in your life when you begin to seek a body of Christ to be a part of.  I know the church is not a physical building but rather the church is alive in each of us and moves about the earth proclaiming Jesus is Lord.  Yet I know in my heart of hearts that if I did not have an actual group of Christians to hang out with I would surely have slipped into my old ways.
Let me be real for a moment.  When I separated from my first husband I was so broken and in need of love that I might have fallen into so many traps if I had not been in an actual church.  I might have gone back to my partying days or started sleeping around with other men.  Had it not been for the good group of people I was surrounded by I may have just left God all together.  I was so hurt I would have done anything for love even if it was the wrong kind, yet I was held true to God through the entire process.  I respected the love God had for me enough to know I did not want to wander back into my old style of living.
If onlys flood my mind as I try to convey this message.  If only they would go to church…if only they would surrender it all…if only they would choose worship music to listen to….if only they would stop using drugs and  alcohol as a hiding place…if only they would choose to come to revival….if only they would want to change…if only they would love my Jesus like I do.  Nope, I am not perfect in any way, shape or form, but I know there is a God who loves me unconditionally, no matter where I am at and I have this desire to do the same for His people.
So call it judging if you want to but I just want you to know the love of Jesus in your life.  I want you to allow God to radically change you.  I want you to press in and reach the hem of Jesus’ garment.  I want you to be healed and whole so that together as a church body we can bring the light of Jesus to a lost and dying world.  This is why I invite you to revival over and over again.  This is why I invite you to join our women’s group week after week.  This is why I plaster my Facebook wall with Jesus stuff….it’s not because I am religious but because I want you to feel this love.

Speaking with Stars

Numbers 12:6
he said, “Listen to my words: “When there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, reveal myself to them in visions, I speak to them in dreams.

Definition of STAR

a : a natural luminous body visible in the sky especially at night  b : a self-luminous gaseous spheroidal celestial body of great mass which produces energy by means of nuclear fusion reactions
Wow!  Getting the definition of a star makes this blog about stars even more meaningful.  In my blog, Love Poured +Faith = Hope, I shared a drawing I did in a recent soaking session at church.  This Saturday I was led to draw stars.  As you can see, it starts in the top right hand corner with hope flowing into the picture which creates these stars.  The hope is a continuation of the previous photo (I will include that after this paragraph so can see it) and as hope flows into the picture and these stars begin to form, peace starts to flow and fill in the empty spaces.  The coolest thing about this picture is that I was not the only one who had this vision of stars.  The person behind me who is more artist than I, was creating a picture with star stickers and later a young girl gave her mom a hand-drawn picture with stars on it.  Talk about confirmation!
This particular Saturday night we were taking those people in our lives whom we want to see Jesus to the throne room.  We named these people on paper, laid them on chairs and prayed over them the rest of the evening.  We then prayed God would send people into our lives in the coming week with whom we could share the good news of the Gospel with.  As one such opportunity arose last night , guess what he mentioned?  Yes, stars!  When God wants His will to be known, He works in such fantastic ways.  It does not matter what demonation you belong to or what religious beliefs you have, God will speak to you the message He has in whatever form you are ready to receive it with.  Whatever pew you sat on this past Sunday, I assure you that you got the message God wanted you to hear and so did others all around the world.  Know where I get this idea? Two different people in two different states heard the same message on Sunday morning at their church that I heard at mine.
Okay, back to the star theme.  I really had no clue where God was going with the star theme, but just now when I looked up the definition of star, I got this cool picture in my head of we as individuals become shinning stars when we accept Christ in our hearts.  As more and more of us “stars” begin coming together in agreement, we start to “Light up the Sky” where ever we are.  The energy which we can create when we come together corporately in agreement can reach millions!  God is calling us in these last days to gather together and get on the same page.  We cannot reach the lost if we are not willing to put forth the sacrifice of some effort.
I have another drawing which, goes with this series, but I am saving the best for last, and not being the greatest of artistes, I may have to redraw it to my liking.  I think God is speaking greatly in these drawings, which I may let you in on a secret, I am a writer not a drawer!  But, when you put these three drawings together, it just makes sense.  I will be attempting to paint this on canvas in the near future and I think it will pull it all together and begin to make more sense than seeing it in pieces.  I am not sure where God is going with all of this, however I assure you, this Jesus Freak is ready to move forward and push through it all! Are you ready to come with me?