24 June 2016

The Secret Place

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” John‬ ‭15:16

Our heart is the point of connection to God.  For us to become deeply rooted in Him, we must allow Him to change us from the inside out.  The change first begins within our heart. God is not interested in temporary results; He wants long-lasting fruit.  God desires to reap within your heart because He is interested in your enduring fruit.  For this to take place, God must develop you in a secret place.  In a place where you only seek Him and not a platform for the attention.  A secret place where you are only focusing on what is eternal and appearances do not matter.  This is one of the season, I believe Paul spoke of when said: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.".  Because we must focus on Christ even during our seasons of solitude.  By solitude, I do not mean withdrawing from others.


"It means we are not forcing open any doors that God has not opened. We are waiting for God to put us in front of others at the right time. You have to learn to love the cave. If you love the spotlight more than the secret place, you‘re in trouble, because it means you care more about pleasing people than pleasing God. Learn to love when you don‘t get the credit. Learn to love when you get passed over." -Banning Liebscher


In this secret place, we learn to trust God.  This trust something God will continue to pursue as He transforms you from the inside out.  Trusting the Lord is a process, be patient.  He wants us to trust Him in a way where we can walk blindly aside with Him.  It is what it means to abide in Him.  To be in deep intimacy with Him and depending solely on Him to empower us to accomplish our calling on earth.  Sometimes He will place us in seasons where He asks us over and over "Do you trust Me?".  As we respond with "I trust you", our trust grows, and we become deeply rooted in Him.

The trust must be built.  It must become an unshakable trust we have in Him, and it grows when we go through trials.  During these trials we allow Him not only change us, but also teach us in this secret place to depend on Him.  This dependency can only occur through an intimate relationship with Him and knowing Him personally.  When we know Him personally we get to know His character, we begin to trust Him, and we build our trust on Him.  

Be still in your secret place and allow Him to develop your heart.  He has chosen you to bear fruit.  As you continue to allow Him to develop you and trust Him, soon you will reap the long-lasting fruit.

Be still and know that He is God. (Psalm 46:10)




17 June 2016

Selfie

About selfies...I know there has been rumors that I am all against selfies. I might have contributed to those rumors due to a Facebook status (ha!). My reasoning is that I believe every young lady is beautifully and wonderfully made. They shouldn't have to have the need to post daily selfies to feel that way. I am not saying that everyone who does post a selfie is seeking validation from social media through likes. But, I wouldn't be true to my character if I am not bold to you now.

I believe you should seek validation first through Christ! Seek His love before entering a relationship and wanting a man to make you whole. Before posting a selfie only to fish for compliments or to increase a number of followers.

When we are passionately in love with Christ we don't seek applause from others, but only to please Him. Because there is nothing more attractive than a young lady whose life is Christ-centered and instead of self-confidence, they glow with Christ-confidence.

10 June 2016

Free Your Heart

Conform is defined by the dictionary as "(of a person) behave according to socially acceptable conventions or standards". In our society we are called to keep many 


But, Paul warns us about this. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2 NLV)

Even as Christians we are targeted to fall into the conformity of the world.

I encourage you today to self exam your heart. Who are you hanging out with? What do your conversation consist of (gossip, slander, etc)? What are you watching on tv? What music are you listening to? What are you reading? Drinking much?

A self examination can increase our awareness of our tongue, what we see on TV, who our friends are etc. These are the reasons that is important for us to renew our mind with God's word.  Don't wait until tomorrow to get right with God, tomorrow is not promised. Free your heart today!

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