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Did David Have a Spirit of Fear?

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2 Timothy 1:7 “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (ESV) “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”(NKJV) I love both of these translations. Tonight’s post is inspired by what I’ve read and heard people say about David. Despite there being no evidence suggesting David was afraid to face Goliath (the truth is actually quite the opposite of that), so many talk about how David was afraid and still what God wanted. Here’s the kicker: God doesn’t want us to be afraid.

Here are just a few of the verses where you can see that God tells us to not be afraid:

Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?”

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.”

Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Philippians 4:6-7 “ Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

In the verses mentioned above, God tells us to not be afraid. A favorite verse of mine is Psalm 46:10 where God says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” We shouldn’t be afraid, because we have God with us.

Let’s take a look at the attitude David had when facing Goliath. In 1 Samuel 17:26, David pretty much asks, “Who does this guy think he is to defy the army of God?” This was as soon as David heard of Goliath. That was his first thought. A few verses down (v. 29) David asks, “Is there not a cause?” Think about what he’s asking for just a minute. David is asking them isn’t there a good reason to have conviction. The rest of these men had been too cowardly to stand up to Goliath, it’s almost like David is astounded that no one has stood up to him.

Would you believe that David, without hesitation, told them that he would go and fight the Philistine (vs. 32)? King Saul didn’t believe he could it, but David told him that the Lord would deliver him from the Philistine, just as the Lord delivered him from the lion and the bear (vs. 33-37). Have you noticed anything yet that would suggest that David was afraid?

When David went up to meet Goliath, the giant was insulted that someone of David’s stature wound up being the one to challenge him. However, David was not afraid. We can see in his reply to Goliath that he trusted in God (vs. 45-47). In verse 48, David hurried and ran toward the Army to meet the Philistine. Does that sound like someone who was afraid? No, he trusted and believed in God the way we are supposed to trust and believe in Him.

Before I end this post, there’s another part of the Bible I want to briefly discuss. In Daniel chapter 3, we read about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. King Nebuchadnezzar had decreed that whenever people heard the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, the people shall fall down and worship the golden image that he made. If people didn’t worship it, then they would be cast into a burning fiery furnace.

It came to the attention of the king that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego refused to worship the king’s gods and the golden image he had made. The king was enraged when he heard that and had commanded that those three be brought to him. Nebuchadnezzar basically told them to either worship the image he made or be cast into the furnace and killed. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego stood up to him (vs. 16-18).

Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury when they told him they wouldn’t worship the golden image. He was so furious that he commanded the furnace be heated seven times more than usual. (Now that’s pretty hot.) They were bound in their coats, trousers, turbans, and their other garments, and cast into the fire. The people who had put them in the furnace were burned by it from being so hot, but Shadrach Meshach, and Abed-Nego fell down in the midst of it. The king was astonished. Not only were those three unharmed, but there was a fourth being in their. King Nebuchadnezzar said the form of the fourth was like the Son of God. After all this happened, the king let them go and decreed that anyone who spoke ill against God would be punished. Just as in the case of David, these men showed no fear. They put their trust in God that His will be done, regardless of what happened to them.

There are many instances in the Bible where we are told to not be afraid. Romans 8:35,37-39 states, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?….Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Be of good courage (Psalm 27:14),  He has overcome the world (John 16:33).

I hope this has helped somebody. God bless you, I love you.

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Small Acts of Kindness

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The small things are what matter most in life. At least that’s what I coming to realize more every day. The last few days have been emotionally rough for me. My mom told me I needed to get out of the house and do stuff, and she’s right. Tonight I took my soon to get some stuff we needed at the store and stopped by Starbucks on the way home. Whenever I go there at night, the same woman happens to be working at the drive-thru window. She’s always so nice and polite and happy. I love going to this particular Starbucks because of her attitude. In fact, everyone there is always so nice. Well, I went through and ordered the same vanilla bean frappuccino with extra caramel drizzle that I get every time. After paying, I noticed she was standing over where they keep the food and just thought that she was cleaning up for closing. When she came back over to the window, she handed me my drink and handed me a blueberry muffin and said it was on the house. Maybe it was just me being emotional, but I almost cried in her face. Tears welled up in my eyes. I had felt so awful this past week, mentally and physically, and that just made my day.

Point being of my overly detailed story is that you never really know what kind of impact you can make on a person. Even if you’re having an awful day, try not to take it out on others. Make it a point not only to pay it forward, but to have that kindness in you always. Carry the love and kindness of God wherever you go and to whomever you see. You never know the impact you make on people, but try to make it a good one.

The impact for me? I feel more hopeful about life, and I really like blueberry muffins. Seriously, that was an extremely tasty muffin.

I am Frustrated

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Today is a rant-ish post. I am frustrated. You may ask, “Why are you frustrated?” Well, I’ll tell you. I’m frustrated at how people say how relationships, from marriages to dating to friendships, ought to be. These people will tell you, “Honey, just leave him. If he loved you, then he would…..” Or, they’ll say something like, “You need to find someone to make you happy.” Um, pardon me, but I think that’s a bit messed up. I firmly believe the world would be a much better place if we concentrated less on feeling “loved” and concentrated more on trying to love others.

In dating relationships and marriages, your goal shouldn’t be feeling loved and how he/she should make you happy. It should be where the both of you are trying to make each other happy. There is an extremely strong chance (and I mean extremely strong) that you’ll feel so much happiness and love you won’t know what do with yourself. Of course, there are some relationships where this may not even work. Even if that’s the case, wouldn’t it be better knowing that if your spouse left you for someone else that it was not your doing at all, but the person who decided to be selfish and concentrate on himself/herself?

Whatever happened to loving people? Caring about people? Helping people? Concentrating on other people’s needs ahead of your own? This is a pretty good part of the reason why many of the people of this world are walkin’ the green mile to destruction.

Stop this whole, “No one is gonna look out for me but me,” nonsense. I certainly know that my mind feels a whole lot lighter not worrying about how other people are treating, but how I’m treating others.

And another thing, don’t worry whether or not a homeless man is really homeless or wonder what he’s going to do with the money you give him. There is no way for you to tell. Just give it in the right heart to someone who may appear to need it, if you are able to do so, of course. Don’t worry about how that person may be worse than a two-timin’ carpetbagger. I’d rather have a loving and giving heart, than a suspicious and skeptical mind. Keep in mind, if that particular homeless man is taking advantage of your kindness, he still has to take that up on Judgement Day. Just like you have to be accountable for how you treated people.

End. Rant.

Psalm 46:10

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The first part of Psalm 46:10 reads, “Be still, and know that I am God.” As I’ve been struggling with missing my husband, trying to fight postpartum depression, and all of my other ailments, I have to say this verse has calmed me the most. It reminds me to just take a deep breath, put my hands down, and just relax. This reminds me that God is here for me, yes, even me. That He is able, that He is strong, that He is love in its purest form. Not only has He taken care of me, He will continue to do so as long as I follow Him and do His will. Whenever I read this first, it humbles me. I take a deep breath and just let things go, and find comfort in the fact that God is God and He is so much wiser than I am ( “For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become His counselor?” Romans 11:34). God is our strength and refuge, a very present help in times of trouble no matter the difficulties (Ps. 46:2,3). God does want us to just put things down sometimes and to just trust in Him.

If it seems as if your world is caving in, don’t waver in faith in God. Not faith in yourself; not faith in that you’ve seen, done, experienced it all; not because you can keep your composure no matter the strife.  Be still, because of what you know from scripture about God. He will never leave you (Hebrews 13:5; Matthew 28:20).

Don’t forget to be thankful, no matter your circumstances (Ephesians 5:20). Other verses that may help encourage you are: Ephesians 4:6-9; Matthew 6:25-34; Matthew 11:28-30; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Psalm 46; Psalm 51; Psalm 55:22; Isaiah 41:10; Proverbs 3:5,6; Psalm 34; John 14:27; etc. If there are any verses that you use for comfort, please share them in the comments section.

Steps to Salvation 1. Hear – Romans 10:17 2. Believe – John 8:24 3. Repent – Luke 13:1-5 4. Confess – Romans 10:10 5. Be Baptized – Acts 2:38 6. Live Faithfully – Revelation 2:10

Things I am too Much of a Coward to Say

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If you know me, then you know that I am very soft-spoken, modest, and can be goofy. I don’t shout out my beliefs anymore, but I am tired of people shoving my beliefs under the bus. Listed below are some things that I’m too much of a coward to say to people.

I am too much of a coward to say:

  1. That I am strong and unmovable in my beliefs. I will only change my spiritual and moral beliefs if God changes- He doesn’t change. James 1:17
  2. That I firmly believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, and that God finds it detestable when people commit homosexual acts and bestiality. Romans 1:21-29
  3. That I firmly believe that abortion is wrong, even in cases of rape and incest. It is never the child’s or children’s fault and they shouldn’t be murdered because of another person’s sin. Revelation 21:8
  4. That I firmly believe sexual immorality is wrong (I am guilty of it and am ashamed of what I did in the past, but God has wiped that sin away). 1 Corinthians 6:18-20
  5. That I believe vengeance isn’t ours to dole out. Romans 12:17-19
  6. That anyone can be forgiven of their sins if they come to the Lord. Whether they be murderers (Apostle Paul), homosexuals, idolators, sexually immoral (me), etc. Matthew 26:28; Acts 3:19; 1 John 1:8-9
  7. That there is one Lord, one faith, and one baptism. Ephesians 4:4-6
  8. That you can only get to the Father through His Son, Jesus the Christ. John 14:6
  9. That above all we are to love, and show that love to all.  Matthew 5:44; Mark 12:29-31; Romans 13:8-10
  10. That I believe in the Holy Trinity- God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19 (For more information on the Trinity go to: https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/1488-the-biblical-doctrine-of-the-godhead and https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/236-is-christianity-polytheistic )
  11. That baptism (full body immersion under water) is essential for salvation. Mark 16:16; Acts 2:28; Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12 ( https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/928-baptism-essentials-and-nonessentials )
  12. That we are not born sinful. 1 John 3:4 ( http://www.apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=105&article=2697 )
  13. That women can’t have a leadership role in the church. That doesn’t mean women are dumb or don’t have the ability, but that it is a commandment from God. Look at this article for more reference https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/169-womans-role-in-the-church
  14. We are to treat those that have depression (like myself) with compassion, love, and tell them or remind them of the peace that is in Christ. Even though depression in some cases is caused by guilt, it isn’t always the cause. Some people truly have a chemical imbalance, sometimes caused by medications. Other people have had rough childhoods or awful things happen out of their control. Whatever the case, God can help if you go to Him.Philippians 4:6-7
  15. That it is essential to not only be forgiven, but to also forgive others. Matthew 6:14-15; Mark 11: 25 ( https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/887-understanding-forgiveness )
  16. That re-marriage for reasons other than your spouse dieing or cheating on you is adultery. Matthew 5:31-32
  17. That taking God’s name in vain (emptiness) offends me greatly. (OMG, oh my God, sweet baby Jesus, etc.) Exodus 20:7
  18. That I don’t believe in holding grudges. Ephesians 4:31-32; James 1:19-20
  19. That I don’t like bad language. Ephesians 4:29; Ephesians 5:4

There are even more that I would like to type out at another date, but I need to go do my Mommy duties. I know that many of my friends may be upset with me, may come against me, and may even end friendships over what I have said. But standing up for my God and what He says is important to me. I will still love you and be there for you if you ever need anything.

Many people have asked me why I believe in God. I believe in Him because He first loved me. That even though I have committed many sins, that He sent His Son to die for even me. He loves me, and He loves YOU, that much. “For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” Romans 5:6-10

The steps to salvation

1. Hear – Romans 10:17 2. Believe – John 8:24
3. Repent – Luke 13:1-5 4. Confess -Romans 10:10
5. Be Baptized – Acts 2:38 6. Live Faithfully -Revelation 2:10

I hope this has helped at least one person out there. God Bless.

In Times of Grief

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This is the first post I have made in a while. My son came down sick, as did I, and we’re both still trying to get better. It is sad to me that my first post in roughly three weeks is about the massacres of little children in Connecticut and the injured children in China.

Today, a young man went into an elementary school in Newtown, CT and murdered 20 children, 6 adults, and then killed himself. People are trying to make sense of this tragedy, but I don’t believe that sense can be made of it. If you can make sense of why one young man murdered 20 children, then something is wrong with you.

In China, 22 innocent children and an 85-year-old woman were stabbed by a mentally deranged man. China has seen several attacks on school children since 2010. School children are targeted, because it will make the most impact.

It does not matter what weapon evil people choose to carry out their acts, what matters is that the evil people commit those acts. You cannot blame an inanimate object for despicable acts. You cannot legislate out evil or try to fix those people. Some people are just bad. Maybe we should do what the Israelis do in their school systems – their teachers are armed.

Tonight, say a prayer for all of the families affected by both tragedies. Pray to God to comfort those families who lost loved ones. Pray for those that are injured to make a speedy recovery. Pray to God in hopes that these tragedies won’t keep happening. Hug your children tonight and thank God that you are able to hold them tight and kiss their cheeks.

“Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.” Matt 5:4 (NKJV)

Bullies

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Today’s post will be a rant. Have you noticed how much the media has been throwing around the word bully lately? It is getting ridiculous. Even if someone doesn’t agree with another’s politics, that person is a bully. I’ve read some articles over the past year or so calling someone who stood up for himself/herself a bully and the actual bully a victim. The true victim just snapped.

Don’t get  me wrong, there are some nasty bullies out there in the world. I have had my fair experience with bullies most of my life, but at least I’m not a wimp about it or expect any compensation. People have spread rumors behind my back, called me names, and just made my life a misery when even my home life was awful. Only a few people even now know what was going on with me when I was a teenager and back. However, I don’t lose sleep over it now. The way I learned how to deal with it was to just be indifferent towards the bullies. I actually feel sorry for them, because apparently their lives sucked so much that they had to try to bring me down to make them feel better. (Weird how some think their lives are so awful when their parents won’t let them run wild and crazy. They don’t even realize or care that some of their classmates have alcoholic/drug addicted parents, are in extreme poverty, and/or are living in fear whenever they go home.)

My point to all of this is that the majority of people get teased at some point in their lives. Don’t always be so quick to judge that a person is a bully. Bullies never will go away, they will always be around. Teach your kids to stand up for themselves and to take responsibility for their own actions. Another reason why I just tried to grin and bear the bullies around me was that I didn’t know what it was like for them at home. Knowing how bad my home life was made me try to keep in mind that they may have it worse than me. I’m not giving excuses for their behavior. No matter how bad your life is, it is never the right way to take it out on someone else.

Revenge is never the answer. “Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord. 20 Therefore ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.’ 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:17-21 (NKJV) Don’t have hate in your heart. Always leave the door open to the one that wronged you for his or her reconciliation. Having hate in your heart will only bring you down and will eventually make you no better than a bully. Forgiveness is good for the soul.