I don’t care

I truly don’t care if you never go to church, that is not what this is about.  You never have to join a church,  attend a service or give one dollar to a church, as long as you are willing to accept Jesus as your personal savior.

If you openly say, “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised him from death, you will be saved. Yes, we believe in Jesus deep in our hearts, and so we are made right with God. And we openly say that we believe in him, and so we are saved.
Romans 10:9-10 ERV
http://bible.com/406/rom.10.9-10.ERV

Yup , it’s that simple.  Now comes the hard part. You must allow Jesus to be your savior, let him love you,  let him forgive you,  let him in your life.  Talk to him daily; there is no special way,  just open your heart and mind and let him in.

Here is the beautiful part, it’s forever. You won’t get it right the first few times. You will slip up, make mistakes,  revert to your old life, yup you will still be a mess.  But eventually,  little by little you will be changed.  God will keep providing for you,  loving you and working on you.  He will heal the broken places. He will strengthen the areas where you are weak and he will love you through it all.
Yes, I am sure that nothing can separate us from God’s love—not death, life, angels, or ruling spirits. I am sure that nothing now, nothing in the future, no powers, nothing above us or nothing below us—nothing in the whole created world—will ever be able to separate us from the love God has shown us in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39 ERV
http://bible.com/406/rom.8.38-39.ERV

So don’t take this to mean you should never go to church because there is something wonderful  about being with a body of believers that are all trusting God.  When the Holy Spirit shows up lives are changed and chains are broken but that’s for later.  For now,  just get down on your knees, shut the world out and let your heart hear from God.

We must not quit meeting together, as some are doing. No, we need to keep on encouraging each other. This becomes more and more important as you see the Day getting closer.
Hebrews 10:25 ERV
http://bible.com/406/heb.10.25.ERV

This is really about you getting to know Jesus.😇

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Guess what, You are OK

The church is Christ’s body. It is filled with him. He makes everything complete in every way.
Ephesians 1:23 ERV

I had several conversations this week with people  who had been in bad relationships and was coming out of the relationshop renewed in Christ. They had been through the storm and God had shown them their worth.  As I spoke with each of them and listened with my spirit I could hear the hurt, the pain and the joy they had found when they discovered this one thing.  They were OK! Yes, they survived bad relationships,  painful seperations, death, destruction, financial ruin,abuse and now they are OK.

Each of us were created by God , in his image and likeness and we lack nothing.  We are born with everything we need inside of us.  What we water grows. If we water our spirit (reading and living by the word ),  it grows.  If we water something outside of us (relationshops, jobs, money),  that is what grows and becomes stronger.

You were created whole, complete and without flaws. 

So God created humans in his own image. He created them to be like himself. He created them male and female.
Genesis 1:27 ERV
http://bible.com/406/gen.1.27.ERV

Make a decision today that nothing you come across in your life will be allowed to deplete who you are.  You are complete and only you can allow someone to take what is yours.  So what they call you,  only matters to them.  If they cheat on you,  that is not a reflection of you and your worth,  that is how they feel about themselves. If they abuse you verbally or physically,  it’s a reflection of how they value themself. Remember you were created in God’s image so anything they say about you that does not line up with what God says about you is a lie. So I dare you today to trust the God In You.

God, you give true peace to people who depend on you, to those who trust in you.
Isaiah 26:3 ERV
http://bible.com/406/isa.26.3.ERV

Is this post for you?

If you think your mistakes, your past,  your life style or the choices you make will stop God from loving you,  then this post is for YOU!

So we know the love that God has for us, and we trust that love. God is love. Everyone who lives in love lives in God, and God lives in them. If God’s love is made perfect in us, we can be without fear on the day when God judges the world. We will be without fear, because in this world we are like Jesus.
1 John 4:16-17 ERV
http://bible.com/406/1jn.4.16-17.ERV

Once you accept God and enter into a relationship with Jesus,  your past is forgiven, your sins are forgotten and you are restored,  made whole. It can be a hard concept to grasp,  your thinking, all I have to do is accept Jesus and I’m restored? YES! It really is that simple.  It won’t be easy accepting it because the world tells us negative things about ourselves and we take those things that have been said or done to us as our new reality. The real answer is:
When anyone is in Christ, it is a whole new world. The old things are gone; suddenly, everything is new! All this is from God. Through Christ, God made peace between himself and us. And God gave us the work of bringing people into peace with him. I mean that God was in Christ, making peace between the world and himself. In Christ, God did not hold people guilty for their sins. And he gave us this message of peace to tell people.
2 Corinthians 5:17-19 ERV
http://bible.com/406/2co.5.17-19.ERV

There is not one person alive who has not messed up,  who is perfect or Holy. We have all fallen short of what God expects from us but thank God for Jesus. Once you accept Jesus you will have some work to do.  Your redemption is free but not  without cost. It will cost you some friendships because some of your friends won’t be happy that you gave up your old life. It will cost you some relationships, any relationship built on sin will eventually fade away. It will cost you some time, studying his word so that you get instructions on how to live this new life.  It will cost you your freedom, you will no longer be free to act without consequences. But have no fear, what you gain will be worth so much more. 

God has chosen you and made you his holy people. He loves you. So your new life should be like this: Show mercy to others. Be kind, humble, gentle, and patient. Don’t be angry with each other, but forgive each other. If you feel someone has wronged you, forgive them. Forgive others because the Lord forgave you.
Colossians 3:12-13 ERV
http://bible.com/406/col.3.12-13.ERV

Accept it, embrace it and live free

Let It go, Be free!

You ever wonder why it is so easy to give up on people?  How often have you said,  I’m done with that $@!#!@@, or I don’t have no more kickings for them,  or I forgive them but we done,  or have you ever heard this one,  I can love them from a distance. 

God has chosen you and made you his holy people. He loves you. So your new life should be like this: Show mercy to others. Be kind, humble, gentle, and patient. Don’t be angry with each other, but forgive each other. If you feel someone has wronged you, forgive them. Forgive others because the Lord forgave you.
Colossians 3:12-13 ERV
http://bible.com/406/col.3.12-13.ERV

Why not forgive them for real the way God forgives you? I know people hurt you,  but hurt people hurt people.  And I know you are not God or Jesus and forgiveness does not come easy but could you try? What could it hurt to offer someone something you expect? When you offer someone an apology don’t you want forgiveness? Or do you say I’m sorry just to be socially acceptable?

Many times people will let you down,  sometimes it is totally by accident,  sometimes they make a decision that negatively affects you but that does not make them a horrible person. Sometimes a person will make a series of bad choices,  it means they are human. 

I’ve been reflecting on how loving each other,  trusting each other and forgiving each other can free you.   I’ve had to forgive people who hurt me because I couldn’t keep all that anger inside of me,  it was damaging my ability to love people who deserved my love.  I forgave them because I have not been perfect and I want God to forgive me.

Yes, if you forgive others for the wrongs they do to you, then your Father in heaven will also forgive your wrongs.
Matthew 6:14 ERV
http://bible.com/406/mat.6.14.ERV

This is a new year,  don’t bring anything negative with you.  Your destiny is waiting,  go forth and accept it with open arms,  don’t limit yourself because you are unforgiving. Love someone on purpose today.

Love never gives up on people. It never stops trusting, never loses hope, and never quits.
1 Corinthians 13:7 ERV
http://bible.com/406/1co.13.7.ERV