Sunday, June 10, 2012

Get Naked

 Did the title get your attention? I pray that it has. I hope that when you are done reading this that you take this everywhere you go! That you walk around naked every day.
     Many of us have gone through something bad that was very big in our lives. This something might have greatly affected the way you think and see things. Do know that this bad thing was never GOD’s plan for your life. And with GOD this thing should no longer break your spirit. I am not saying that you may never be hurt from it again, what I am saying is that allowing GOD to handle it and let go of it to release the healing that is vital for you spirit. Though, we might think that we are the only one that has gone through such pain, there are many elsewhere going through the same. In 1Peter 5:9 AMP it says it very clearly. “Withstand him; be firm in faith [against his ( the devil)  onset--rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined], knowing that the same (identical) sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood (the whole body of Christians) throughout the world.” It tells us that the devil will try and come against us. It is him that puts the thoughts of evil in people and it is up to those people to fulfill them or not. This is the reason why we are to be naked, not in the physical or flesh but in the spirit. Sadly, it seems that once we give our lives to GOD and become what the world calls “Christian” that we try and cover those battle wounds up. We try and cover up, because we should truly know the difference between good and bad. This was the same thing Adam and Eve did in the garden. “Then the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves apron like girdles.” Genesis 3:7 AMP. Just like them our eyes are open and we try and cover things of our past. Those things that have happened to us we feel that someone might judge us with or try and condemn us. But we should not cover up but show the world that we are not perfect. Allow them to look at us and know that someone was able to get out of that trouble, problem or issue. We need to stop trying to cover ourselves in our own righteousness. Why should we walk around naked? Because we, as GOD’s children, should be the example to the world! How are we to save and help those that have gone through the same if they do not know where to turn? We might be the key to them understand GOD’s love and grace. Sadly, so many Christians walk around in these self-righteous coverings as though they are perfect. I am not trying to say that we are all like this but there are enough around to make people not come to Jesus. These interactions that were designed to save the lost only make the lost feel more condemned. I pray that we grasp the true meaning of Romans 3:23 AMP “Since all have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory which God bestows and receives. [All] are justified and made upright and in right standing with God, freely and gratuitously by His grace (His unmerited favor and mercy), through the redemption which is [provided] in Christ Jesus.” We must stop walking around as though we were born perfect. We were made perfect through GOD’s love and grace. This is why we should be open to the world so that they can see GOD’s work in us. Walk around naked, show those battle wounds to others. Allow them to see that through GOD, there is an answer and there is relief. Stop worrying about what someone is going to say in judgment. This too is written in the Word. In the eighth chapter of the book of John, when the Scribes and Pharisees came to Jesus with the woman caught in adultery. They were living under the law and were trying to judge her and wanted Jesus (who came to give us grace and truth, John 1) to judge her under law as well.

 The Word says “Judge not [neither pronouncing judgment nor subjecting to censure], and you will not be judged; do not condemn and pronounce guilty, and you will not be condemned and pronounced guilty; acquit and forgive and release (give up resentment, let it drop), and you will be acquitted and forgiven and released” Luke 6:37. You can see this work in the rest of the events that took place. So, they asked Jesus what to do with her. So very beautifully He gave His answered “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her. Then He bent down and went on writing on the ground with His finger. (In this He shows how they were judging through the 10 commandments, the law, which were written in stone)  They listened to Him, and then they began going out, conscience-stricken (they felt condemn by the same judgment they were bestowing on her), one by one, from the oldest down to the last one of them, till Jesus was left alone, with the woman standing there before Him in the center of the court. When Jesus raised Himself up, He said to her, “Woman, where are your accusers? Has no man condemned you? She answered, “No one, Lord!” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you either.”  Only Grace was left. When we walk in this world naked to allow others to see GOD, then people we see what Jesus truly came for, which was to give His grace. When we look at someone in sin, it is not for us to judge them. It is for us to look at them in the same way Jesus would have. Jesus prayed “Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do.”  This is the very same way we need to be to each other. Praying for them and being the example. And of course, how can we be that example? By being naked and showing GOD’s love through us.
   You will see that it is much more liberating then you think. So, let us take off our fig leaves and walk with GOD as we were intended to.
-simply put
That mom down the street

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Confidence in GOD

When we hear the word ‘confidence’ we put in our own words what it may mean to us. Although, our definitions may sound different, it will usually come close to the actually meaning.
They define confidence as a noun.  This is a person, place or thing.  It states that confidence is the consciousness of one's powers or of reliance on one's circumstances or it can be, faith or belief that one will act in a right, proper, or effective way.
I like how it says it is the “Consciousness”. This definition is telling us that our confidence is our faith in something. In Hebrews 11:1, it tells us that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. In the Amplified Bible, it adds that it is, faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses. You cannot have faith in something that you can see, hear, taste, smell or touch. It is not faith. We cannot see, hear, smell, taste or touch our confidence, our consciousness…our faith.

Romans 9:1(AMP), Paul says, “I AM speaking the truth in Christ. I am not lying; my conscience [enlightened and prompted] by the Holy Spirit bearing witness with me”.
If we break it down, it is saying that it is the Holy Spirit telling or reminding us of the power of GOD in our situation or circumstances.
I see it just like this.
Let us say you were confronted by someone much bigger than you might be. Moreover, you know that you have someone you trust right behind you. They will not allow any harm to come your way. They are more than enough to take care of this situation. You know now that the situation is not so big anymore. In fact, the situation will not affect you. You can tell that person that they can and will leave. All that they can do is leave. Just then, you stood in confidence, in the knowing of the end result.
In this scenario, you can plug in a problem, sickness or anything that might be confronting you. If you are a child of GOD, then you should know that behind you is GOD. All you have to do now is declare the word of GOD to that issue and believe to receive what it is you need. Turn away from the issue and face GOD.

Anytime I have to do this, I release that care to GOD. I like these scriptures.

1 Peter 5:7(AMP) -Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully

Psalm 55:22(AMP) -Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail)

When putting your complete confidence in GOD just remember…
Deuteronomy 31:6
-Be strong, courageous, and firm; fear not nor be in terror before them, for it is the Lord your God Who goes with you; He will not fail you or forsake you!
What a great scripture to hold on to when facing those situation or circumstances.
-simply put
that mom down the street