Who Or What Are You Bowing Down To?

26 Mar

Who or What Do You Bow Down to

 

Your child has been kidnapped. You’re devastated and heartbroken. You’re literally willing to give the BEST you have to save them including your life savings. You’re even willing to trade places and die for them… Your kid has been found and saved but when he/she got home, they decided to run away and go back to their kidnappers… How heartbroken, confused and bewildered would you be?? That’s what it’s like when we choose to RUN to things that enslave us after God gave HIS ALL to free us. That’s what its like when we make IDOLS out of “things” or “people” and as a result put ourselves back in bondage.

So what’s an idol?? ANYTHING or ANYONE that you look to for fulfillment and gratification OTHER than God. Anything or ANYONE that has more say so in your daily decision making process other than Jesus…

“Idolatry” is usually one of those sins that we kinda just sweep under the rug and not really pay much attention to. Lately God has seriously been showing me some “idols” in my life that I never considered to be a problem. Please be mindful, that you can turn ANYTHING into an idol.. Even good Godly things like marriage, relationships or even ministry…

God had to show me how much I’ve been making an idol out of SOCIAL MEDIA. Yes, He had to show me that I was trading in the presence of God for the presence of nonsense on my timelines. I would wake up in the morning and the first thing I did, WAS NOT praise Him for waking me up another day, it was checking my Facebook and Instagram..  I would stop in the middle of prayer or bible reading when my phone went off, JUST to check a message. Before I went to bed, I wasn’t praying and pouring all my cares out onto Him for that day, instead I was scrolling my newsfeed and stalking folks. (don’t front, we all have done it at one point or another lol) The point is, my social media accounts DICTATED my actions. I could of easily justified it which is tried to, by saying how much I use social media to minister to people which I do.. But the bottom line is that I was spending WAY more time on Facebook than in the word of God ..

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Bootleg Christianity…

24 Jan

Bootleg Christianity

 

DISCLAIMER: I do not claim to be perfect or claim to be the “spiritual police”.. but I do love Jesus and love people. Please know that everything that I’m saying is from a place of LOVE and genuine desire for us Christians to be living this thing for real and not just playing “church” because it looks good. Honestly, I’ve come to a place where my biggest fear isn’t death. It isn’t dying single. It isn’t getting sick… One of my biggest fears is going to church FAITHFULLY, serving in a ton of ministries thinking that Im doing all this stuff for God, only to die and get to heaven to hear God say “Depart from me, for I never knew you”… all because I was doing all this “stuff” but my heart was so far from Him….

God has been laying this on my heart so heavily these past few weeks. God is not stupid. He didn’t birth us.. He CREATED us, meaning He knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows if we’re sincere or not. He knows our thoughts before we even form them.. I mean, HELLO! He’s God. So why is it that we think that we could get away with claiming how much we love and cherish Him. while our LIFESTYLES tell a COMPLETELY different story? How is it that we really think God cares about our perfect church attendance, while our heart is corrupt and we live like He doesn’t even exist on monday through saturday? How is that we see absolutely NOTHING wrong with singing Gods praises at the 12 o’clock service, but then cursing someone out in the parking lot once service lets out?? We no longer feel convicted about living double lives. We no longer feel convicted about sleeping around with people who aren’t our spouse. We no longer feel convicted about gossiping and talking about folks… we just sweep it all under the rug of “God knows my heart”…..

Going to church doesn’t make us  Christians. It simply makes us church-goers. Believing in Jesus and striving to be CHRIST-LIKE through the holy spirit does…
Its almost a “trend” to post scriptures on our Facebook page and create cute little pictures about God and His word, but are we really about that life?? And no, I AM NOT JUDGING YOU. Its not my place to but we are called to lovingly speak the truth… and the truth is that for many of us our “Christian” faith is limited to lip service. Words mean NOTHING if our hearts and our lifestyles are not matching up with what we profess.. “If you love me, obey my commandments.- John 14:15  When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.- John 15:8 ... So what Jesus is basically saying, is if YOU REALLY love me like YOU say you do and you are REALLY MY FOLLOWER, your LIFE and YOUR ACTIONS will show it…

If you’re life looks EXACTLY the same AFTER you get saved as it did BEFORE you got saved then something is wrong. “Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person: the old life is gone, a new life has begun”-1Corinthians 5:17.. See Jesus DIED for our sins and was raised to LIFE so that we too can be raised to LIFE. Meaning, once Jesus truly comes into your heart, He begins to change you, more and more into His image. He literally changes you from the inside out…. So for NOTHING to change AFTER we claim to “get saved” is to say that Jesus doesn’t work….

Does this mean that we get saved and become perfect little Christians. NO! There are things that I struggle with DAILY.. there are always going to be things that you’re gonna struggle with… But here’s the thing: There is a difference between STRUGGLING with sin and LIVING IN sin.. Struggle at least shows there’s an EFFORT to change. The problem is that many of us are not struggling with sin.. we’re making EXCUSES for it, & when people call it like it is, we tell them to “stop judging us”.. We get mad and defensive.

I say all of this to say… we need to get it together..(myself included). Lets REALLY live this thing. How are we suppose to be a “light” in this dark world when many of us are still living in darkness and don’t even realize it. You may be reading this and feeling convicted. Good. That’s God tugging on your heart. God convicts us, not to make us feel bad but to show us what we need to FIX so that we would be driven to our knees in prayer.. I know for me, I’ve been learning that I can’t change on my own. I’m a hot mess! I can’t do this thing without Him. I fall.. I struggle. I get frustrated but the bottom line is, I am determined to live for Him… There’s nothing good in any of us. We all NEED JESUS…So I encourage you to just keep it real with yourself and most of all God…Tell Him how much you really wanna live for Him and to  help you do that… Confess those things that you’ve been desperately trynna hide. He see’s it all…but He also forgives and is merciful to those who call on Him. He loves you..but do you TRULY love Him and does your lifestyle show it?? Let’s live this thing FORREAL! <3

Love yall! xoxox

The Bad Girl Syndrome..

24 Dec

The Bad Girl SyndromeLets just face it. A lot of us women are bitter. A lot of us have been hurt, mistreated and abused whether it be by family, guys, so called “friends”, or even strangers. Many of us (men and women included) have been through certain life situations, sometimes repeatedly, that cause us to become numb to pain.. So what do we do?? We put up this “bad girl” image. This image  says, “I don’t need anyone” or ‘Eff love”.  This image claims all men are dogs or that being submissive to a man in marriage is WEAKNESS. This image is on social media being ratchet & throwing up the middle finger saying “eff the world” This image is a TOUGH girl on the outside, but a scared insecure little girl on the inside…

We’ve adopted this “tough girl” mentality that says “Im tired of being hurt by men, so instead I’m just gonna act like one” and so we ACT as though we can sleep around and be un-effected by it. We ACT as though, we don’t wanna be married and have a family. We ACT as though, we don’t care about love or life. All of this is a cover up. Continue reading

A Jesus Groupie: Fighting Depression

19 Nov

Nedge blog                                                                   By; Nedge Josma

For years, I lived in disillusionment, falsely believing in my own strength. I was fighting a demon that time after time proved to be much stronger than me. Depression was suffocating my life, squeezing every bit of hope I ever had in salvation. I was tired and had drawn the white flag…”This was my life, who I was.. And I was to get used to it..” Or so I thought. The AMAZING thing about God is that his power is SO much stronger than ours and thankfully WAY more powerful than the Enemy’s! It’s really not easy being this transparent but I trust in God’s will that this message was for someone. #JesusSaves #IamRedeemed #MyTestimony #RevivalStartswithMe #OnMission

 

We’re all in this together and we NEVER know what someone maybe going through. Don’t be afraid to be real and transparent. We all got issues! Words can’t express how proud I am of this girl for letting go and using her story to inspire others. <3

 

To contact Nedge, find her on Facebook–Facebook.com/NEDGIEE

Are Your Emotions Your God??

23 Oct

emotional woman

Being a “woman” is not an excuse to be led by your emotions…

God had to bring me through some things in order to teach me this VERY important lesson and that is “As a daughter of God, you are called to be led by His spirit and not how you FEEL. Being a woman is NOT an excuse to be overly emotional.

God has definitely changed me over the past few years. I used to be an EMOTIONAL WRECK and use to take things so personally. I would let the smallest most insignificant things flip my world upside down. I remember being the girl who would cry her eyes out just because a guy that I liked didn’t call me back… Looking back, I laugh and would totally say to the old me, “GIRL BYE!” Now please don’t get me wrong, there is NOTHING wrong with HAVING emotions but there is a problem with letting your EMOTIONS HAVE YOU and being led by them. The world tells you to do what you “feel” is right but the deception is this: FEELINGS LIE. FEELINGS AREN’T FACTS. FEELINGS ARE FICKLE. FEELINGS CHANGE. Please do not listen to this world who encourages you to do what “makes you happy”. Everything that makes you happy isn’t necessarily good for you. Crack makes crackheads happy. Children make child molesters “happy” . Continue reading

When God is Taking Too Long…..

8 Oct

Do you Still Trust MeJust because God isn’t working on YOUR “schedule” doesn’t mean He’s LATE. He’s ALWAYS on time. The problem isn’t God’s timing, the problem is our lack of TRUST in His timing….

Patience has never been one of my strong points. If you/re anything like me, you hate waiting. But girl, one thing God has been teaching me these past several months is that TRUSTING God ALSO means trusting in His timing.

We do a lot of talking in the body of Christ. We SAY how much we love and trust God. We sing songs about how much we surrender ourselves to Him but as soon as things don’t go the way WE planned it in our minds, all of that goes out the window. Continue reading

Whose In Your Circle??

12 Sep

Friends

And I don’t mean this in a “cliche”, “cliquey” way. One of the reasons why I LOVE talking about relationships is because I truly feel like this is something that God has taught me so much about through past experiences, both good and bad, romantic and platonic. One thing that I’ve learned is RELATIONSHIPS are bridges that either draw you closer to Christ, or bridges that take you farther and farther away from Him. Not to put my business out there, but one thing I know for sure is that, had I maintained certain relationships in my past, I WOULD  NOT BE SAVED RIGHT NOW. My relationship with God probably wouldn’t be where it is today simply because the WRONG PERSON was in possession of my heart. How could I have possibly given my heart to God when it was so consumed with a man who I made “my God”?? (I know it sounds crazy. For a better explanation, read My Testimony: Why I Fell In Love With Jesus. You may be one relationship away from fully giving your heart to Jesus but you’ve allowed another human to take God’s place. You’re more concerned with their opinion than you are Gods’. I’ve done this in the past and I’m begging you NOT to do the same. Continue reading

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