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  • The Bible Interconnects Part 2: Jesus the Lamb of God

    Genesis 22:8
    “8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.”

    Genesis 22:13-14
    “13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”

    Exodus 12:5 NKJV
    “5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats.”

    Isaiah 53:7 NKJV
    “7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
    Yet He opened not His mouth;
    He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
    And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
    So He opened not His mouth.”

    John 1:29 NKJV
    “29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

    1 Peter 1:18-19 NKJV
    “18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”

    Continuing with Genesis 22 when God provided a ram as a sacrifice for Abraham in place of Isaac. I spoke previously about the symbolism in Genesis 22 that connects to Romans 6:23, Matthew 27:29, and John 3:16. In that article I referenced that Jesus was referred to as a lamb more than once in Scripture. So in this article I will talk about how Genesis 22 connects to four more verses in Scripture.

    First we have to establish what was considered an acceptable sacrifice to God. We see in Exodus 12:5 that one of the requirements for a sacrifice to be acceptable to God is that it had to be without blemish. This is why God had to send Jesus because anything less than perfection would not work. This also backs up my point in my previous article that God’s intention was never for Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. Isaac was imperfect and therefore would not have been acceptable. So God had to provide a perfect sacrifice. Remember Genesis 22 connects to a lot of Scripture in the Bible both in the Old Testament and the New Testament.

    In Genesis 22:13-14 it says Abraham called the place “The Lord will provide.” Which is future tense not past tense. You would think that Abraham would have called the place “The Lord provided”, “The Lord provides.”, or “The Lord has provided.” given that God provided him a ram but he didn’t. Abraham called the place “The Lord will provide.” The fact that this is future tense shows us that God’s provision was coming. Meaning that one day God would provide by sending Jesus to die on the cross for our sins taking our place and bearing our punishment. Exodus 12:5 describes that the sacrifice must be without blemish and male. Jesus being the Son of God made him both. In the previous article I mentioned that Jesus is referred to as a lamb multiple times in Scripture and we see this in Isaiah 53:7 which says “He was led as a lamb to the slaughter.” it also says “as a sheep before its shearers is silent”. In John 1:29 and in 1 Peter 1:18-19 as well as Revelation 13:8 Jesus is referred to as a lamb.

    In my previous article I spoke about the ram God provided to Abraham to take the place of his son Isaac and how the ram was symbolic that God was going to send Jesus. I wrote this article more so to back up the last one to show that Scripture all interconnects as well as to point out some of the symbolism. So we see that Genesis 22 connects to: Romans 6:23, Matthew 27:29, John 3:16, Exodus 12:5, Isaiah 53:7, 1 Peter 1:18-19, and Revelation 13:8.

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  • The Bible Interconnects Part 1: The Ram

    Genesis 22:13 NKJV
    “13 Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son.”

    Romans 6:23 NKJV
    “23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

    Matthew 27:29 NKJV
    “29 When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”

    John 3:16 KJV
    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

    I was thinking about this and wanted to write down a few quick notes to share. Everything in the Bible interconnects. From the Old Testament to the New Testament everything is connected. If you want to understand the Old Testament you have to read the New Testament and vice versa. So above I have listed four verses one from the Old Testament and three from the New. How do these verses connect? This is what I have learned.

    In Genesis Abraham is instructed to sacrifice his son Isaac. So Abraham builds an altar to do as the Lord instructed. To be clear the intention by God was never to have Isaac sacrificed (this is important and I can’t stress it enough). In Genesis it says when Abraham was going to sacrifice his son the Angel of the Lord stopped him and behind Abraham was a ram whose horns were stuck in a thicket. Abraham then sacrificed the ram that God had provided to him to take the place of his son Isaac.

    Now there are a few things in this verse in Genesis. The first is the detail that it says it was a ram, a ram is a male sheep (this is important), and it’s horns or it’s head was stuck in a thicket (many thickets include shrubs that have thorns. This is also an important detail), lastly God provides a sacrifice to take the place of Isaac.
    Why did God provide a ram? There are a lot of reasons God did this but I’m trying to keep this as short as I can so I will only mention one of the reasons. God provided a ram so that Isaac could live, so that he would not receive a penalty of death. This verse in Genesis was symbolic that God was going to send Jesus.

    Now I am going to jump to Romans 6:23 where it says that the wages of sin or the penalty of sin is death but through Jesus we are given eternal life. Then we move to John 3:16 which tells us that God loved the world so much that He gave His son so that anyone who believes in Jesus Christ would not perish (or receive the penalty of death) but have everlasting life. Now remember that ram we talked about in Genesis? Here is the link Matthew 27:29 tells us that a crown of thorns was placed on Jesus’ head.

    The important details I mentioned earlier being that a ram is a male sheep, it’s horns or head was caught in a thicket, God provided a sacrifice, the ram took the place of Abraham’s son. So here is the parallel: Jesus is the son of God, who God sent as a sacrifice of atonement for our sins so that we would not perish (Jesus is referred to as a lamb multiple times in Scripture), a crown of thorns was placed on Jesus’ head just as the rams head was caught in Genesis. God provided a sacrifice for our sins by sending Jesus to take our place so that we can live.

    Those are just four verses that all interconnect. The Bible is filled with Scriptures that intertwine and connect to one another. I am always fascinated by the symbolism in Scripture and love to study to have a better understanding. I hope to write a few more articles like this one in the future.

    (The thorns are also symbolic but I’ll write about that in another article.)

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  • The Bible, God, and Satan

    Just some of my more recent notes. It’s not a completed writing but it’s a start. The breakdown is a bit more complicated than this because there is a lot of ground work I have based this off of but I’ve narrowed it down to something this short and can hopefully fill in the gaps later on with second and third parts.

    In the Bible it talks about God and it talks about Satan. Two beings in a battle for the souls of man. As people the Bible talks about the importance of being aware of the enemy and his tactics.
    A few verses that come to mind are the following:
    In Genesis 3:1 it says “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

    In 1 Peter 5:8 it says “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

    And in Luke 22:31 it says “And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat.”

    Here are a few things I have learned about Satan from Scripture.
    The first thing I learned is that Satan is crafty but also stupid. Why do I say that? Here is why: Satan was smart enough to deceive man to fall but dumb enough to get kicked out of heaven. Satan knows more than man, he is smarter, more cunning, and more crafty than man. So man can easily fall prey to him. However Satan does not know more than God, he is not smarter than God.

    The second thing is that Satan can not defeat God. Why is that? We have an enemy who knows God but that does not know what God knows. Satan is not all knowing and he is not all powerful therefore matched against God he will always lose. Satan lives in eternal judgement under the law (referenced in the Old Testament) and eternal separation from God therefore there is no redemption for him.

    There is however redemption and salvation for man through Jesus Christ. If we are in Christ there is protection from our enemy there. That doesn’t mean that everything is perfect and nothing ever goes wrong but it does mean that even when we go through the bad times God will bring us through the other side. Where does man receive wisdom in this battle for souls? Through the Word of God and through the Holy Spirit. Understanding who God is and then understanding who the enemy is changes everything for the follower of Jesus Christ.

    The Bible is referred to as a sword on numerous occasions in Scripture.
    In Hebrews 4:12 it says: “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

    and in Ephesians 6 we see the armor of God referenced.

    “10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
    18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

    The armor of God represents what we need in the battle for our soul against a ruthless enemy. You see the fruit on the tree in the garden looked good. In Genesis it describes it as “pleasing to the eye.” What looks good for us can be deceiving. In the end what looked good and what tasted good brought death for all of mankind. Adam and Eve deterred from the truth that they were given by God: “If you eat the fruit of this tree you will surely die.” Because they did not stick to God’s Word they made a huge mess. We must not kid ourselves, we are no different from Adam and Eve. We can and will fall into messes when we walk away from the Words God has given us. Our biggest defense against Satan is the Word of God. There is no truth apart from it, only death, only pain, only suffering. Adam and Eve didn’t die right away. It was a long and slow decline but they did as God told them would happen died. We do not walk away from God’s Words because that is where we lose every time. It’s time we stop compromising the living Word of God to appease people. The Bible is as God wrote it to be to transform lives and save Souls and protect them from a wicked enemy. When we change it we use the tactic Satan used in the garden. We must speak Truth if we are to bring people to Jesus Christ and save them from death. If we truly love people we will want for them to truly know and love God and be set free. Speak the living Word of God.

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  • The Bible and Science: Science Nerd Alert

    When I was in school my favorite subjects were Bible, Science, and History. It is often said that the three negate one another however I have found that to be far from the truth.

    (You’ll have to bear with me for this one.)
    When I was in school we had to do science experiments. We learned early on that in a science experiment you need a constant and variables. Without a constant the experiment is considered an inconclusive or failed experiment. One year I chose to do a project on acids and bases. Using boiled red cabbage water (which is purple) as an indicator I was able to test the acidity of various fruits. By placing each fruit into the water I could tell the acidity levels of each one. A lemon turned the water red indicating that it was highly acidic the other end of the spectrum was the banana which did not change the water at all indicating there was little to no acidity in a banana. My constant showed me the true nature of all of my variables.

    Now moving on to the Bible. The Bible talks a lot about fruit. In Galatians 5:22-23 it talks about the fruits of the Spirit. In Matthew 7:17-18 Jesus talks about a good tree vs a bad tree the type of fruit it produces. The fruits of our decisions can positively or negatively affect our lives and the people around us.
    In my life the Bible has always been my constant. The indicator that tells me what is good for me vs what is bad for me. By testing my own ideas, my own opinions, my own life choices with it I have been able to determine that which is good for me and that which is bad.

    The Bible also talks about that which we reap we will also sow. I often ask myself when making a decision:
    “Will this decision only affect me?” “If not how can it negatively or positively affect the people around me?” “Is it worth it?” “What does the Bible say about it?” In Proverbs we are given many verses that explain the outcome of various actions.

    When held against the choices we make (the fruit or the variables) what does the indicator (the Bible or the constant) say? I have used this method over and over in my life. I wish I could say I’ve made the best decisions every single time sadly I can not. I have made poor decisions but not without an understanding of the consequences of my actions and the outcomes were not good. Ultimately what I’m saying is as far as science experiments go I have learned that the Bible is my life’s constant and the outcome when I headed it’s warnings were good and when I chose to ignore them were not. With every decision we make we are accountable not only to ourselves but to the people that surround us. Will the fruit of those decisions be good and life giving? Or will they be bad and cause pain and suffering? The choice is up to us really.

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  • What I Imagined

    I remember when I was younger I knew exactly how my life was going to go. I was going to meet my future husband some time in high school, we’d be married by 23, have children by 25, I’d be a stay at home mom, and my husband and I would live across the street from my parents in a two story house with a nice yard and a dog. Yup, when I looked at my life in the future this is what it was going to look like. However I learned that life doesn’t always go the way we plan. When I was 13 I made a purity promise to wait for my husband and at 16 I picked out a purity ring I would wear. I spent a few weeks picking out the ring so I could get it for my 16th birthday.

    At the time while I put a lot of thought into the ring knowing this promise was very important to me, I didn’t think I’d be wearing it passed 23. As I said before I’d be married by 23 of course so the longest I’d be wearing it would be 7 years because who knows I could be married by 20 or even 21. At 16 years old I was told I could date, surely God was going to send me my knight in shining armor soon…however I didn’t end up dating, not just at 16 but years after. I just couldn’t seem to find anyone I could see myself marrying and I didn’t want to date just to date. Not to say I didn’t have crushes, there were guys I liked but the feelings never seemed to be mutual. As 23 approached I realized I would not be getting married by 23 and so I decided I should change my timeline a bit. Instead of being married by 23 I’d be married by 25 and therefore would have children by 27. Surely God would bring someone to me in that time….Lets fast forward a bit. Current day I am still living at home, I am not in a relationship, I am not married, I have no one in my life that I feel I would date and you guessed it… in four months I will be 27 years old.

    My life did not turn out so far anything like my younger self had imagined and while some might think this is a bad thing I have found that as per usual God knew and continues to know what He is doing. In the years that I imagined myself to be married I learned so much about myself and about God. I learned that the guys I thought I wanted to date were in fact not for me. We would have never worked in a relationship or a marriage with who I am today and even who some of them are today. I have grown as a person in so many ways. God has shown me the importance of trusting Him even when we can’t see what’s happening or when things don’t look like we think they should. I learned patience as well as life skills like budgeting and finances. I learned just how long I’m willing to wait for my future husband (as long as it takes) and what type of man I will need him to be so we can have a future together. I learned what type of woman God wants me to be and what I’ll need to be for my future husband. I learned that at 23 I wasn’t ready to be married and still at 25 not ready to be married and a parent. I learned that what we want sometimes and what we need are not always the same thing. I learned that the person God wants us to be to help others is not always what we would have chosen for ourselves but in the long run it is the best thing for ourselves and the people we meet.

    So what does my time of singleness look like? A bit like this….God has shown me the book of Ruth over and over. I’ve read it multiple times over the last year or so. Some of the things He showed me about Ruth was that Ruth wasn’t looking for a husband when she left her home. Ruth was serving God, helping her mother-in-law Naomi, and Ruth was working very hard. What we know of Ruth is that she was faithful, loyal, hard working, diligently serving God. We know that the person she became because of the circumstances in her life was far from the woman she was in Moab and it shaped her into the woman that Boaz would love and need by his side. The Bible says she happened upon a field that belonged to Boaz. She wasn’t looking for a man but for work and her faithfulness to God brought her to the place where she was ready for the blessing He had for her. Ruth’s life didn’t look like she planned I’m sure but it ended up being the best thing for her. I have learned in my time of singleness to trust God, to work hard, to help my family and to seek Him and grow in Him.

    I’ve been blessed in so many other ways over the years. I have been on adventures and grown so much. I have not given up on wanting to be married and have my own family. I pray for my future husband and ask God to guide him in his everyday life without me. Maybe one day God will allow me to happen upon my Boaz’s field maybe there isn’t one for me, I don’t know but what I do know is that God is faithful, His will is best for me, and He has given me a life that is truly blessed regardless of the fact that it looks different than I thought it would. I will not be married by 27 and most likely 28 and that’s ok. His timing is better than mine.

    If you are a younger woman or an older woman and you are waiting for your future husband and you are feeling discouraged that you haven’t met him yet I urge you to pray and seek God. Ask God what it is that He would have you do in this season of singleness. Ask God what His will is for your life and ask Him to help you stay strong in your promise to your future husband. I can’t promise you that God has someone for you and I can’t promise that if He does they will come into your life soon but I can promise you that God knows what He’s doing. God’s will is always better, He loves you and has great things for you. Never forget that.

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  • The Soul

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    When I was a kid I went to a private school that was started by a church. Every Tuesday we would go to the Sanctuary for Bible study. In the Sanctuary was a banner that had Mark 8:36 on it. Every Tuesday when I would enter the chapel I would read that banner. So much that it didn’t take long for me to be able to recite it without looking at it. At the time I understood that it was a big question but I don’t think it was until adulthood that I realized the weight of the question. The older I get the more and more I see what a life outside of God does to people. When we choose to give our lives to anything or anyone but God we are forfeiting our soul to a cruel and unmerciful enemy whose ultimate goal is to destroy us. What in this life is worth more than your soul? Is anything really when you truly think about it? When you weigh what your choices will do to you and the people you love you start to realize how much the world and all of its ideas and opinions and empty promises don’t matter.

    Is anything in this life worth more than your soul? That is a question that God has been pressing on my heart to share with people. Whether they listen or not this world and the enemy are constantly trying to steal the souls of people through ideas and philosophies and material things because he knows that if he gets you to forfeit your soul than he’s got everything in you that’s worth anything.

    Satan got Adam and Eve to trade their souls in exchange for “the knowledge of good and evil” and for “power”. He told them they would be equal with God because they would know what God knows and so they traded their souls for an empty lie and thus the fall of man. Instead of being like God they lost communion with God, they lost the garden, and they lost their right standing with God.

    The enemy attacked Jesus in this way and so it would be unwise for us to think we will not be tested and tempted. In the Bible it tells us that there was a time when Satan tried to get Jesus to forfeit his soul in the desert just as he did to Adam and Eve in the garden. Jesus had fasted and prayed and the enemy came at him with every weakness he could think of: food, power, kingdoms of the world, he even tried to get Jesus to kill himself to prove the angels would protect him. He knew if he could get Jesus to forfeit his soul for any one of those temptations than Jesus could not defeat him. Jesus overcame and defeated the enemy. It makes the enemy angry that when we come and give our lives to Jesus and walk in him that he can’t have our souls. Everyday when the enemy tries to get you to forfeit your soul remind him that Jesus already has it and you’re not about to give it to him.

    To my brothers and sisters in Christ do not give up. Stand strong and do not fear.
    Do not trade your soul for anything this world has to offer. It’s not worth it. Today I want you to think about something around you that has tried to steal your soul and I want you to pray and ask God to give you the strength to help you overcome it just as Jesus did in the desert. Without God we can not overcome these temptations but with Him we can. Pray and ask for His strength today.

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  • The Word of God Inside You

    To the girl out there who feels unloved, to the girl who feels alone or lost, to the girl who doesn’t feel beautiful or smart or strong or worthy, to the girl who feels discouraged or tired or forgotten or left behind I want to tell you that God loves you and that you are not alone. I’m here to tell you that God has not forgotten you and that He created you with a purpose, one that only you can do. I’m here to tell you that there is someone out there who needs you to be who God created you to be.

    The enemy wants you to believe that you are alone, that God does not have a life for you that is far greater than anything you could hope for or imagine. The enemy wants you to believe that the stress or confusion or heartache in this life is stronger than God but the enemy is a liar. The enemy is defeated in Jesus’ name. God sees you, He hears you and He loves you and His will for your life is extraordinary. The enemy will constantly come to you with lies because he knows that once you know who God created you to be that he will no longer have that stronghold over you. The only way to combat the enemy’s lies is by seeing what God says about you in His Word. Without God’s Word we can not combat the enemy’s lies because God’s Word is Truth and without knowing Truth you can not expose a lie. Take some time to read in God’s Word what He says about you, read what He says about Jesus and His love for you and the sacrifice He made for your life. God loves you today and forever and I pray you never forget that❤️
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    4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
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  • The Power of Choices

    A few weeks ago I was on my break at work listening to worship music and praying. While I was worshiping I felt God showing me the power of choice. While I was worshiping God said to me “I gave my own Son a choice. What makes you think I wouldn’t give you one too?”
    What God was saying to me was that when Jesus was in the garden of Gethesemane Jesus had a choice: a choice to go to the cross, suffering a pain and punishment like no man had experienced before for the redemption of all mankind or to walk away from the punishment He didn’t deserve. Jesus chose to go to the cross and in three days He rose again redeeming all of mankind. From this part of what God was showing me, He expounded. God showed me how Lucifer was given a choice. Lucifer was head of all of the worship in Heaven until one day he decided that he wanted to try to exalt himself above God. God gave Lucifer a choice and He gave the angels an opportunity to choose. 1/3 of the angels went with Lucifer. Now Lucifer is known as Satan, the enemy of man, but because of Jesus’ choice to go to the cross Satan is also known as defeated.
    So if God allowed Jesus to choose and He allowed Lucifer to choose what makes us think that He won’t allow us to choose.

    People get angry at God because bad things happen, the same people that say they are mad that God allows bad things say they don’t want to serve Him because He doesn’t give you a choice, He doesn’t let you do what you want to do. It’s like no matter what God were to do they wouldn’t be happy. If He allows man to choose bad things can and will happen if man is not in God when making the decision, but if He were to not give them a choice than they would be mad.

    Here is the thing: God gives everyone a choice but God also gives us the better option and warns us what will happen if we don’t choose correctly. In man having a choice it leaves us open to make the wrong choices. Because of our fallen nature our ability to see is clouded. Adam and Eve had a choice in the garden and they chose wrong. God gave them a choice: life or death, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, or to live in the garden walking with God. Adam and Eve forfeited the garden for one piece of fruit.
    Although everything fell there is something that didn’t change in the garden and that is the power of a man’s choice. Man still has a choice and man’s choices can still make a huge impact but our fallen nature allows us to choose incorrectly. Satan clouds our judgement making our ability to see the right choices clouded. Jesus is the only one Who can redeem our choices and help us see the right things to do. It is through Jesus man’s decision making is redeemed.

    Every choice that you make impacts everyone around you, not just yourself. Lucifer chose hell, Adam and Eve chose to listen to the serpent causing all of mankind to live under the curse, Jesus chose the cross and redemption for all mankind. If God gave each and every one of them a choice whether it be good or bad what makes us think we are exempt. Our choices are powerful, they can change everything. Every choice impacts more than just you. Never forget that there is great power in your choices.

    God allows all to choose. God knows true love is chosen not forced. So you can choose not to serve Him but in doing so you open yourself up to the consequences that go along with not doing so and that means bad things will come out of it. In God’s Word it says that the penalty of sin is death. So if you choose not to serve God you will be headed straight towards that penalty. Ultimately serving God is your choice but you have to ask yourself if you want to reap the consequences of not choosing Him. God has His promises written in His Word for those who follow Him. God will uphold His people those who have chosen Him. The enemy is a lie and he has been deceiving people since the garden but God’s Words are true. When making decisions it is important to seek God. Every being in existence has a choice make sure you make the right ones.

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  • The Men and Women of Scripture

    I think people are under the common misconception that the people in Scripture are extraordinary people who are much greater than they are. That for the people of Scripture greatness and perfection was the core of who they were. I’m here to tell you that anyone under that assumption couldn’t be more wrong. With the exception of Jesus Christ no one in Scripture was any better or any holier human beings than you and I.

    The people of the Bible were just as messed up and dysfunctional as the rest of us. Jacob was a deceiver, David was an adulterer, Moses was a murderer, and Solomon was the wisest fool on the earth, Jonah acted as a child in regards to being sent to Nineveh, Paul (formerly known as Saul) had been a vengeful man killing Christians everywhere he went, even people like John the Baptist and Mary were only human. All of these people despite their different mess ups and struggles all have something in common and that is that God chose to use them for His perfect will anyway.

    That is why we serve God is it not? None of us are worthy to be a part of God’s perfect and beautiful will and yet He lets us be a part of it. God still uses His people to bring about His will. That is how powerful our God is, He can take broken things and make something beautiful out of it. God takes brokenness, He takes all the pieces and makes a beautiful mosaic out of it, and He makes it one big picture again. That is what we see in the Scriptures. We see people who are broken, people who are messed up, people who are struggling being picked up and the broken pieces of their lives being put together to create the family line that would bring Jesus into the world so that we could be redeemed. I am glad that God didn’t wait around for perfect people to bring about His will, because if that were the case Jesus wouldn’t have come because the family line wouldn’t have been set up and we would not be redeemed. God works in spite of our human frailty and that is the true Testament of Who He is. Scripture says that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. Nothing can stop God’s will not satan and not us. There was no man in Scripture that could stand in God’s way. Just as Pharaoh tried to kill Moses Herod tried to kill Jesus and God didn’t allow either one to happen.

    The Scriptures are an account of all that God has done and it is an account of what He still can and will do. We are no different than the people of the Bible. The Bible is a reminder that God can use messed up crazy sinners like you and me to do great and mighty things. Not because of who we are but because of Who He is. This is why as believers we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Saviour we recognize our sin and human frailty. We realize that we need our Saviour because on our own we are wicked and sinful people but through the precious blood of Jesus we are redeemed. It is in our weakness that God is glorified because it is here His strength is made known.

    So the next time that you are reading the Scriptures and you feel like God can’t use you because you are not good enough, not special enough, not worthy remember that despite the odds God will prevail, that imperfect people can be used as vessels to bring about God’s perfect will and that greatness is not for us to obtain. If greatness is what we wish to obtain for ourselves than we have missed it. Greatness is for God and by God always, because greatness is too much a burden for us to bear but God can carry it because He is great. Let God be great and let us be humble. God deserves the glory now and forever for all that he has done and all that He will do but most importantly because of Who He is.

    - Christine Sawyer

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  • No Man Can Serve Two Masters

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    So I recently took a 31 day break from all social media. On October 3rd I felt like God had laid on my heart that I needed to fast and take some time to pray and seek Him. At the time I was spending way more time on social media than necessary and there were things in my life I needed to surrender and things I needed to learn. There were things God was trying to show me that I wasn’t seeing because I didn’t “have time” to spend listening to Him, so on October 4th I started my 31 day fast as instructed by the Lord.

    I’m not going to lie the first two weeks were a bit of a struggle. I would wonder if anyone messaged me or tagged me in something, if someone posted a photo I should see. It proved very tempting to pick up my phone to check any form of social media. Even though it was tempting I prayed through and slowly started to see how much it was ruling my life. I remember when I hit the middle of the second week. I was praying and during my time of prayer I heard God speak to my heart and say “Christine, no man can serve two masters” so I looked up where in Scripture that verse was. In the Scripture Jesus was referring to money but what masters our lives can be anything. I knew right then and there what God was saying to me. I knew what things in my life had to change. It explained what the fast was even for. There were things that needed to break in my life and in order for that to happen I had to surrender any form of self and allow God to help me bring it in to submission. How could I say that I was serving God if I spent more time on social media than I did with Him? How could I say that I was a servant of God when the thing mastering my life was social media? It was plain as day to me that if I wanted to have what God wanted for me I had to let go of what I thought was important and replace it with what He said was important.

    I spent 31 days praying to God and in that time I learned how to pray in more depth, I learned how to pray about others and I also learned how to pray about myself. I learned there are different kinds of prayer. It was very very freeing to do this. The longer I was away from social media the more free I felt. My mind wasn’t always somewhere else, my prayer life and spiritual life were growing. I was becoming more communicative with God, my family and my friends. I started doing things I hadn’t done in a long time because I had forgotten that I loved doing them so much. I watched movies I had been meaning to see, I read books I had meant to read, I prayed prayers that were long overdue, I spent more uninterrupted time with my family and with my friends. I grew in my relationship with God, I grew in my relationship with my family members and I grew in my friendships.
    I also got to analyze things in my life I was blind to because I was living in my phone.

    Ultimately the internet is a place many go to escape their lives, a place they can bend reality and make something as simple as getting coffee seem like the most amazing experience in the world when it really wasn’t. I highly recommend to any follower of Jesus who has neglected their time with God to really take a step back from social media and spend some time with Him. You will learn as I did to see the beauty in the reality of your life. There may be some not so beautiful parts too but God will show you how it all blends together to make a beautiful painting that is your life. Go out and live your life, you only get one and wasting it on social media is not what you want to do. Trust me, you will feel more refreshed and have more fun going out and living. God showed me so much about mine and I was very blessed by it all.
    Remember no man can serve two masters so please choose wisely.
    – Christine Sawyer
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