Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Philippians Chapter 2

The very first verse in Philippians 2 says, "Does you life in Christ give you strength? Does his love comfort you? Do we share together in the spirit? Do you have mercy and kindness?" What a great way to start anything that you are trying to make someone see clearly. Ask them questions, about their own lives and how they are living them. Especially simple ones like these. Not questions that you can complicate with tons of excuses or manipulative answers. Just simple ones like why are you not fully satisfied with God. This is one of my favorite chapters from any book in the asks you simple questions and then proceeds to tell you what to do with them.

It goes on to say that if you do have these things and if God is all of these things to you, then why are you not sharing them? vs 4 states that we should not be only interested in ourselves, if God's love does all of these things for us then we should be doing nothing but sharing this love and excitement with others! Our complete purpose in life is to love God and share that love with others.

I am not typing this saying that this is something that I am doing, but I would like to start. Things have been going on in my life recently as I sure they are for almost everyone else in the world...but these things make you only want to feel sorry for yourself . I don't understand why things have to happen, and why things can't just be fine and happy, or why you can't have second chances to fix things instead of losing everything all at once to where you feel like you whole life is falling apart. But in all honesty, nothing that we as humans can possibly go through compares to the thngs that Jesus went through to die for our lives. And talk about things not being fair...God literally did NOTHING wrong ever!!

So the fact that we have this love of God, why in the world would we not want to do things for other people and share that love with them no matter what could possibly be going on in our own lives. Think about how much we sometimes just need for someone to love us. How nice it would be for someone to just readch out their hands to us and let us know that they are there, well as many times as we would like that to happen for us, do it for someone else.
Phil. 2:8 "And when he was living as a nam, he humbled himself and was fully obedient to God, even when that caused his death-death on a cross." If God could do that for us. Why could we not be obedient to him with our whole lives. This is my challenge for myself and to everyone that I come in conatct with...GET EXCITED!

"If you have gotten anything at all from following Christ, if His love has made any difference in your life, if you have heart or care at all-then love and support each other...Put yourself aside and help others get ahead." ((Philippians 2:1-3))

Monday, February 1, 2010

What is your #1 Priority?

As Christians, what has God really put us on this earth for. I know that our main purpose is to be able to tell others about him and reach as many people as possible on the earth during our time for his kingdom. But when It comes to ourselves, how are we supposed to reach others and tell them about how we are supposed to be so changed by our heavenly father when it is so hard to live that life ourselves. My biggest problem with this is being to scared that I am going to be labeled as a hypocrite. I am not perfect and I am sure that everyone that I have come into contact with knows that I have definately gone through my own time of trying to find myself and the last person that I have shown them that I was looking to was upward to God. I have looked for satisfaction and self worth through just about every type of guy and even girl friend and have only realized through this how much I truly need anything BUT the things of this world. I have been trying to fill a void in my life for so long of just truly wanting to figure out who I am. With all of my experiences, The main thing that I have learned is that nothing in this world can define your self worth, Nothing can define who you are. It is not a thing, nothing tangible. It is a feeling. Something that only you can have for yourself. You can't even really rely on what others think of you. You can only think highly of yourself and know that you are doing the best you can and living for the one and only father in heaven.

Another part of finding out who you are is coming to the realization that people are not forgiving and are NOT going to change their opinion of you once they have made it. So there is absolutely no point in putting all of your eggs into deciding how others view you. You must have your own vision of yourself. Not only how you view yourself but a focused vision for your life. Where are you going? What do you want? What are you NOT going to settle for? Along with the previously stated hard lessions that I have learned this is one of the main ones. No matter how hard headed you are going to chose to be to the people around you, do not settle for things just to prove a point. There are people that I have let come into my life that I knew from the beginning were are terrible match for me. But chosing to be stubborn and not wanting others to think that I couldn't hadle myself, I set myself up for so much more heartache then one person should really be able to handle in a life time and there was no one that I could blame but myself.

I am starting a life changing regimine today. February 1, 2010. Making an outlined and clearly stated goal the plan for my life. Starting with God, reading his world with a purpose every single day. I have goals and dreams and I want this year to be different from any of the other 23 so far. The mistakes and Hurts that I have caused my own self and others are a thing of the past for me. I am making myself a woman of purpose and integrity so that everyone around me will see God shining through my life.

Here goes change. Scary, pure CHANGE
2 Cron 7:14 "If my people will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways then I will hear them from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land"