Monday, November 22, 2010

Facebook or God?

So, I decided to take a short break from facebook earlier this month. It would last until I was given a word from God about it.  I had a facebook addiction and I didn't feel close to God so I wanted to get off of facebook and into God.  Over the two weeks, God showed me amazing things.  First of all, it was actually not as difficult to not go on facebook as I'd thought it would be.  I would seriously go on multiple times a day and find things to do on there for hours.  God brought to me the revelation, that He is indeed more faithful to me than facebook...that He was always there and facebook was not.  I would set myself up for major disappointment when I would log on to facebook only to see that no one sent me a message or wrote on my wall...the devil would automatically let me know I had no friends and no one liked me.  God then said to me, 'I wrote something's called My Message to you, the Bible. How can you go hours longing to know some person is thinking of you just by having them write on your wall.  If you have time to do that, you definitely have time to seek Me.  If you choose Me first, I promise you will feel closer to Me. I am constantly thinking of you and I have many things I want to share with you.  Will you listen?'  He showed me in my time of listening to Him that a friend is way more than someone that simply writes on your wall...a friend will see you face to face, call you, pray with and for you, be with you in good times and bad.  The term facebook friend does no justice to Jesus dying on the cross for me.  Jesus is my best friend and God blesses me with true friends.  God said He will not physically write on my wall, but He will always write beautiful messages on my heart.  I have chosen to spend more time with God, energizing my Spirit and less time on facebook, weakening my Spirit.  I will use facebook as a means to spread God's love and His Word, not giving the devil an open door to bringing me down.

Thursday, November 4, 2010's more than a feeling.

God is the epitome of love.  There is no other true love than His very own.  We are called to love God and love others.  The only way to do that is with His love.  We are given clear instruction as to what love in God's eyes is.  1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says:  Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. Love is not rude, is not selfish, and does not get upset with others. Love does not count up wrongs that have been done. Love takes no pleasure in evil but rejoices over the truth. Love patiently accepts all things. It always trusts, always hopes, and always endures.  Wow!  We may look at this and say, that's impossible.  For us to do on our own, yes, this is impossible.  However, with God ALL things are possible! (Matthew 19:26) This is God's kind of love and God created us in His image, so this is how He desires us to love. This is how God loves each and every one of us.  Once you get that revelation, life is changed.  When the words "I love you" come from your mouth, let them be soothing and real.  Love was God's idea and it's my hope to love like He does.

Quick Testimony:  I was released from the lies that I am not good enough for God.  I was going through a hard time and I did not show love at anyone.  My husband and daughter, whom needed God's love from me, were receiving the opposite.  In return, God showed me His love through them.  I would cry and complain about my life and all they did was stick by my side and tell me they and God loved me.  They portrayed 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 to me.  It took two years to realize that I was worth my family and by God.  Even when I thought I had lost God's love for me by the way I was acting, He proved to me through a breakthrough that He could never love me more or less than He always has.  His love never changes.  I had been given the impression that I had to earn God's love and my attitude was earning nothing but pain.  Through that pain, I was shown God's real love.  Nothing I did could separate God's love from me.  He is so faithful.  Just because you don't feel loved, doesn't mean you aren't.  The Ultimate Lover will love you no matter what!!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Keep it simple, sweetheart!

God is beyond beautiful!  He constantly reminds us of His unfailing love for us and encourages us to share His love with others.  Sometimes we make life way more complicated than God created it to be.  I was just listening to a Joyce Meyer series called Simple Prayer...Simple Life.  I love how God speaks through her and directly to my heart.  This was such an eye opening series to listen to and take in.  I learned that life is simple and the devil makes it complicated to blur what God intended.  It's awesome to know that we don't have to put on this big show for God in order for us to be acceptable to Him.  He chose us before we were even here and had Jesus die on the cross so that we might be righteous in His eyes.  If that's not love, I don't know what is.  I've been struggling to understand what God is trying to get to me through His Word.  I find myself not able to concentrate on what it says.  I'm learning now to not use the words on the page but to seek out what He means in my life by being quiet and not trying so hard.  We are sooo blessed to have an instruction manual for "How to Live".  He wrote the Bible as a love letter to His that we would be able to live in this world.  I'm happy to have been given the revolation that I am not of this world, I'm just here temporarily to fulfill God's plan for my life.  I'm still not totally positive as to my calling...but I'm confident that God knows and will reveal my purpose!  He has a purpose for amazing is He?  Wow!  His love is greater than our comprehension:)  I hear God saying to me...keep it simple, sweetheart.  It is my choice to keep it simple or let things get complicated. I choose to keep things simple in this complicated world.  I've made things complicated before and I'm glad God got me out of that.  However, because I was in a major complicating season...I learned how not enjoyable it was.  Simplicity is brilliance.  Jesus came so that we might have life and enjoy it...not to complicate it.