Friday, September 28, 2012

Judging Christians...

I sometimes get deeply saddened by others who see people as christians and wait for them to do something wrong. Its like they watch christians, just waiting for them to do something that is not christian and then are very quick to point a finger at them.
Are christians perfect??
When you become a christian, does it mean that you cant enjoy yourself?
Do christians not make mistakes?

The answer, in my mind, to all the questions above is NO!

Who gives another person the right to judge me or another person, christian or not. Now, what i am writing about here is not general judging of anyone...it just seems that when you convert to christianity, you are immediately put into this little group of people that are expected to be perfect, not make mistakes, always smile, never be angry, never do anything wrong, never sin, never drink alcohol, never disagree with someone or something, never...never...never!
Isnt it annoying, or instead i would say it is rather off-putting.

I can only talk for myself, but i often get judged for the things I have said, done, not done etc, and i get told that "as a christian, we shouldnt do this and that", or "be the better christian and do this and that."
I have by nature an angry temprement, I am short tempered and i have many faults. Yes, i mess up...all the time..i am human.

But you know what, i am a human being that was created in the image of God, just like everybody else in this world. This world is evil by nature, God knows this and this is the reason He sent His son to die for me and you on the cross...to give us new life in Christ, to overcome evil, to be able to say NO to satan and his attacks.

But when i became a christian, i "signed a pact" with God that said that i will repent and try and walk away from evil. When i commit evil or when i hurt someone or when i do something that isnt "christian", its between me and God, not something to be used as judgement against me from another person.

When i became a christian, i didnt become this perfect person that miracoulously became a non-sinner, didnt lie, didnt hurt others...NO, i am still a human being in this evil world, battling the evil battle against the devil, only this time I have God on my side, who is there to comfort me, forgive me, listen to my repenting and guide me in the right direction.....something a mere human cannot do.

Am i not allowed to go out, have fun and have a few drinks? Of course i am. In fact i have more fun going to friends now because i know that the friends that i have are not going to judge me and we have an awesome time together.
Yes, holding grudges against someone because they did something to hurt me is a sin on my part. I do this all the time and I will get over this little hurdle in my life, but again, its between me and God. Through Gods grace, I will be able to overcome this sin of mine.
What does it say in the Bible, something about "when you point a finger at someone else, there are 3 fingers pointing back at you".
Also something about when pointing out the faults of others, rather look at the log in your own eye.... I know i havent quoted the exact verses, but if tou google them you will find the correct syntax.

I just ask that those who judge us for who we are, what we do, dont do, say and dont say....rather keep it to yourself. Surely we are also on a journey, a journey wih Christ, we rely on His guidance and advice, and by His grace We will  be forgiven.
I am sorry if I dont say the right things when i need to or say things that you may not agree with but please bear with me while I journey with Christ on His path for my life.


Jesus-saves lifes!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Travelling on My Knees

Last night I took a journey
To a land across the seas.
I didn't go by ship or plane
I traveled on my knees.

I saw so many people there
In bondage to their sin,
And Jesus told me I should go,
That there were souls to win.

But I said "Jesus, I can't go
To lands across the seas."
He answered quickly, "Yes, you can
By traveling on your knees."

He said, "You pray, I'll meet the need.
You call, and I will hear.
It's up to you to be concerned
For lost souls far and near."

And so I did; knelt in prayer,
Gave up some hours of ease,
And with the Savior by my side,
I traveled on my knees.

As I prayed on, I saw souls saved
And twisted persons healed,
I saw God's workers strength renewed
While laboring in the field.

I said, "Yes Lord, I'll take the job.
Your heart I want to please.
I'll heed Your call and swiftly go
By traveling on my knees."


written by Sandra Goodwin.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Excitement of Serving God

Serving God is not a chore and it shouldn't never become a painful experience.
If it does, then you are not serving God, your are serving yourself.

Those people who are truthfully called to serve in any manner, this could be ministry, evangelism, helping the elderly/poor, handing out pamphlets, making tea...whatever.....Those people that are committed doing it and enjoy doing it, are doing it for God.

To me, it is so exciting to serve God. We are all called to serve in different ways, none of which are better than another. We all serve together and make up one body. If one of those pieces is missing, then the body cannot function correctly.

I am about to embark on a journey with Christ with a bunch of other people, some of whom I know very well and many of whom I have never met. I am extremely excited. To be able to serve God with others who are serving for the same purpose is awesome.

At my church, we run a course called Alpha. Alpha is really a "tutorial" or introduction to the fundamental believes of the christian faith. Many people that attend the alpha course come from varied backgrounds and believes.
Some people know Jesus and some don't, but what is good about serving on a course like this is that everyone is here for a purpose, and that is know God better and for those who don't know God, to understand who God is. What is amazing to see is the fellowship between many different types of religious backgrounds in one room together. It is not a course where all the answers are given in a 'question and answer' type style, but rather, guests are able to deduce answers for themselves.
Alpha has seen many many people turn to Christ, and I love being apart of that. The excitement of serving Christ is not for our benefit, but it is only to glorify God. The benefit for us is to experience the love, transformation, kindness, mending broken hearts - and just watch God work in those people that are looking for purpose.

No-one can tell me that Serving God is boring. He just puts something in your heart, and once you are hooked, there is no looking back!
Praise be to God, our almighty! May every single guest that going to be attending the alpha course now in the future be blessed and truly experience the love of God.
Amen.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Danger of Unforgiveness


Unforgiveness will hurt, but I ever give it much thought. Someone may hurt me in some way that causes me to become angry with them. In turn this anger, if not resolved, leads to bitterness (and it has). That bitterness leads to unforgiveness. Unforgivenesss leads to a "broken relationship", not only with the person we are bitter towards, but with God also!

I have found that I am distancing myself away from God when I harbour bitterness with others.

Unforgiveness is a sin:
Jesus said to His disciple in Matthew 21-22 when His disciple asked Him how many times we should forgive someone.

Jesus gave an easy answer: 77 times!

Did He mean literally 77 times.... No! Jesus is saying that we should forgive people every time, an infinite amount of times.
I have really struggled with this answer because I have a lot of bitterness towards some people. I hold grudges quickly against others and if someone has wronged me in a way that I don’t see fit – I again, go into ‘BLOCK THEM OUT’ mode.

I get this idea that I don’t need them in my life….
Isn't this really silly?

If I maintain this thought or grudge-keeping, I will really end up with no-one in my life. Every single person wrongs others, it doesn’t matter how ‘christian’ they are or may seem. We are sinners, we do sinful things all the time. One of them is that we say things to others and out of turn, sometimes not even meant, but the tongue is a powerful machine and causes a lot of damage very quickly (and its irreversible).

God didn’t make us like this.
I feel very hypocritical saying this, because I am very bad holding grudges, but I get out my thoughts by writing and I bring up things that I do in my life which make me think, but here's a thought:

“Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven."

Holding grudges against others surely will keep those people away from you as they feel that they can never be right or feel that they are never doing anything right around you – so they stay away. I know this, because I am experiencing it right now!
The heart knows its own bitterness, And a stranger does not share its joy.

If I do not forgive others for what they have done to me, how can I expect God to forgive me for what I have done to them. Its crazy and very selfish!

Its very difficult especially when I feel I have been really hurt by something, but then the question is “Did I deserve forgiveness from God when He suffered on the cross for me?”
Jesus forgave us because He loves us, and that’s all I need to have to know. If I love someone, whether it’s a family member, friend, partner or domestic worker….I should love them and forgive them every time!

I have to get over the hurts I have got ‘buried’ in my heart from ages ago and I have to forgive people, not hold grudges! It doesn’t mean I cant be angry with them, but I cant stay angry with them and hold that grudge (which I do so easily).

The question is not whether God will help us forgive them, but whether we will allow Him to help us forgive them! When We forgive others, it lifts a huge buried burden from our shoulders, it restores a relationship and it allows us to do Gods work 100%!

Amen to that and may you be blessed

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Unforgiveness

How can we worship God and and ask Him to forgive our sins and then we have a whole bunch of unforgiveness in our hearts?

I can only talk about myself, but often when something happens and when someone has done something to hurt me or said something against me, I get into BLOCK mode. I block them out of my life at that point and I cast it into the back of my mind.

And then???? I think its going to go away. IT DOESN’T!
I have so much unforgiveness in my heart. As I write this, I think back to my past and think to myself “where did this come from”. I never used to be like this. Is it because I am older and I don’t  have to ‘put up with other people’?
I have cast all this unforgiveness into the back of my heart and you know what it crops up again and again. There is only so long you can go ignoring that something didn’t happen or “deleting” people out of your life.
God didn’t make us like this. A time has come in my life that many things from the past that I have ignored are just cropping up all together. Things that I have been angry about, things that have hurt me and where I haven’t forgiven people. I have been under evil attack. Satan has a very good way of sitting ‘on your shoulder’ and telling you that you don’t need people, that you don’t need to forgive people because there is no point!
But you know what, God didn’t make us like this. He didn’t make us to ‘hate’ others or ignore others or hold grudges and unforgiveness with others. We are all brothers and sisters of 1 GOD, our God, our Christ, Jesus! Why do I hold these grudges against my family and others?
I pray to God, I ask for His forgiveness, but I cant do this before I forgive those whom I have a grudge against. All I can say is sorry!
We cant ask God to guide us when we harbour hate and grudge against others. Satan will not win!
We cant live everyday and ignore what has happened in our lives. Yes, people do things, everyone has faults, everyone says things they mean and don’t mean and people are ugly to each other to try ‘be on top’, but does it accomplish anything.
I am starting, only now, that it doesn’t get anywhere! Satan tries to create hatred in our lives.
What unites us is infinitely greater than what divides us!
I pray to God today, I ask Him for His forgiveness for the things that I have done. I need my heart to be clear of hatred and grudges, casting Satan away from me and allowing God into my heart so that I can give Him 100% of my life!
Amen, Jesus Christ, the only son of God, who died for us, shed His blood of us and is now with us in His spirit!