Good Works Will Be Completed

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.” – Phillipians 1:6-7

So I haven’t blogged in quite a while as you all know; nevertheless, great things have happened during these past few months.  I have earned a degree and I have also grown closer to Christ.  There were times in which I was trying to figure out how I was going to finish my degree.  I couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.  But in the midst of that darkness I grew closer to God.  I immersed myself in a group of believers that encouraged me to dive deeper into God’s word and develop into a stronger believer.

Today, I feel renewed.  I know you may be a person that is going through a time of struggle.  It may be financially, emotionally, or spiritually.  But, remember Phillipians 1:6-7.  God created all of us.  We were ALL beautifully and wonderfully made by God. By His grace He protects us and makes sure we are okay, even through our time of difficulty.  God has begun a good work in you and He will complete it!  

Draw close to God and pray without ceasing.  God hears you!

Grace and Peace!

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Evangelism Can Be Hard

In almost every blog post I leave my email address (opinionatedchristian@yahoo.com) so that people can send me topics they wish to discuss about religion.  I want this to be a site that is open for religious discussion.  The email read as follows:

“It is hard for me to tell people about Jesus and all He has done for me when I don’t think He has done anything for me.  I know that God exists, but I don’t really see what He is doing in my everyday life.  I make my own decisions and choose my own personal path. How do I evangelize?” – Sarah M.

So, of course, Sarah, these are my own personal opinions so please don’t feel offended in any way.  But remember, we are all called to evangelize and tell about the goodness of Jesus.  Even if you can’t see how God is working in your own life, you may be able to see how He has worked in someone else’s life and witness to people. 

For everyone out there like Sarah, remember evangelizing should not be hard. God woke you up and allowed you to see a brand new day.  Some of us may be sick, don’t have the best health, but God woke us up.  Everyday we live, we may have a different purpose that God wants us to fulfill. 

I challenge you: Today is the day for you to step outside of your comfort zone! Walk up to someone and just say “Jesus wept”. Because Jesus cried, we can cry also.  But in those tears, know that God feels your pain, your hurt, and your brokenness.  Then, He showers you with blessings if you are faithful.

Remember, God loves you! That’s the best thing to tell someone.

 

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From Death to Life

There are often times when we feel discouraged.  Almost like we can barely keep pressing forward.  But, in the midst of our doubts and fears we should always remember “The Valley of the Dry Bones”.  You see in Ezekiel 37, the Lord tells Ezekiel to prophesy over this valley of dry bones.  He did as he was commanded by the Lord and the bones began attaching themselves to one another and skin covered the bones.  Then, the Lord tells Ezekiel to prophesy and tell breath to enter into the bodies.  The bodies came to life and were a vast army.

This story helps me to remember that even when we are at our lowest point in life, seemingly beaten and spiritually dead, God can speak to us through other people.  Bring us back to life and restore us.  Sometimes we may not directly hear the voice of God, but he could speak to us through people around us (even little children). 

I would challenge you to listen for God’s voice all around you.  In times you feel weak, remember God can restore you and make you whole.  You can stand up and be strong knowing that God loves you.

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Renew Your Strength

“…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31

It is easy to give up.  To just say, “I’m done”!  As a Christian, I feel as if the closer I get to God, the more I am faced with challenges.  For the past month or so I haven’t had the opportunity to blog because of personal challenges.  During that time, I had to trust that God had my best interest in hand.  Instead of me hoping to encourage someone with my posts, I had to be encouraged.  Nevertheless, my God is a great God!  He looks out for me and renews my strength.  When I least expect for God to work something out in my favor because I am undeserving, He shows up and shows out.

As you may have your own personal struggles, remember to draw close to God.  He will make a way and renew your strength.  Be encouraged.  Feel free to message me at opinionatedchristian@yahoo.com!  Also, if you have something you think should be discussed in my next post, let me know!

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Success!

“A man may arrange his thoughts, but what he says depends on the Lord.  All the ways of a man seem right to him, but the Lord probes motives.  Entrust your affairs to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.” – Proverbs 16:1-3

We often set out to be great.  To achieve and become successful is our number one goal.  But, what happens when you fail?  People always talk about their successes and never speak of their failures; nevertheless, in those failures we learn a valuable lesson.  We learn patience.  We have to wait for our time.  We may not necessarily be ready for what the Lord has planned for us.  He may need to grow us a little more.

I worry so much about excelling at everything I do.  I want to always be at the top of my game.  Nevertheless, there are times I fail.  I accept those failures and move forward.  In Proverbs 16, it speaks about trusting the Lord in your affairs and they will succeed, if it is meant to be.

So challenge yourself to put your trust in the Lord and allow Him to direct your path to success.  What is meant to be will be.  Rejoice in your success and don’t be beaten down by failures.  You never know…God may have something bigger waiting for you down the road.

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Let God Be God

“The Lord is my light and my help; whom should I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, whom should I dread? When evil men assail me to devour my flesh–it is they, my foes and my enemies, who stumble and fall.” – Psalms 27:1-2

Some people use material goods as a way to prove their success.  But to obtain that success, sometimes they commit evil against someone else.  Engraved in most humans is the motivation to get revenge on the person that wronged them.  But I do not believe this is  the right thing to do.  Consider this:

Psalms was written when the ancient Israelites had been exiled from their land of Israel and Judah.  The Psalms were prayers that the people would recite as rituals that united the Israelites in a community when they were forced out of their land.  They found a way to justify why they had been exiled during this time when they would recite these Psalms.  In chapter 27, we see that the Israelites gained some sort of strength by declaring that if they walked uprightly, the Lord would look out for His chosen people.  Those that were evildoers would be punished.

Similar to the ancient Israelites, we have to remember that the Lord looks out for us.  We are God’s chosen people and because of that He blesses us.  He punishes the evildoers and He determines the punishment.  It is NOT our place to be involved in trying to get revenge.  Let God be God.  HE has our best interests in HIS hands.  Be encouraged, be positive…know you are loved and a wonderful child of the Most High God!

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Blogging About Religion

“…Write the prophecy down,

Inscribe it clearly on tablets,

So that it can be read easily.” – Habakkuk 2:2

I am continuously trying to find avenues to write down my vision of what I believe God truly wants out of His people.  Of course, I am not perfect and will never fully understand how God expects us to transform our minds to fulfill the work He has planned for us.

As I discern a call into ministry, I am blogging to express my feelings and to hear responses to my opinions.  Religion is always a tough subject to discuss, but I hope that my site will allow honest comments and challenge your beliefs as well as my own.

Feel free to contact me with ideas and topics involving Christianity and religion (opinionatedchristian@yahoo.com).  I welcome comments, and challenges.  Hope you enjoy my personal opinions.

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