Standing Strong

I found that when I preached the actual truth of what I was reading, it conflicted with my church’s teaching. 

My son in Massachusetts has a lung infection and is at high risk in our current COVID- saturated environment. So he’s been quarantined for a month by the doctors but through prayers and good medical care, he is doing better. He had me scared there for a minute because when he called, he could barely breathe or talk. Mama was going to be on the next plane out, but an ambulance was called and got him to the ER. His friends and his landlord have been making sure he gets food and what he needs. Thank God.

On another note and the real point of this post is that I wanted to make belief statements today. In my journey to more honest Christianity, I’ve been amazed at the influence church organizations can have over how you read your Bible, how much you read your Bible and how honestly you read. I think it’s something to be vigilant about on our spiritual journey.

I used to read and preach from the Bible with my mind confined to my denomination’s teaching and not honestly reading for truth. Even though I thought I was doing just that–reading openly and honestly.

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I found that when I preached the actual truth of what I was reading, it conflicted with my church’s teaching.

Oh yeah. For real.

People would get confused and start questioning my loyalties and what I was saying. I finally realized what was wrong with that picture and finally took the step of leaving my beloved church and not trying anymore to change their system, but staying with God. When people have such a paradigm shift it’s possible that they would leave Christian life altogether, but one thing I knew was that the Lord had saved me and I held to that. Of course, to them, those two things-leaving them and staying with the Lord – could not co-exist. If you leave them, you’ve left God. But I had to get over that and move on. freedom in Christ

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I Believe…

I believe God wants Christians to commune and be influenced by Him more than their Pastor or fellow Christian friends. I believe we should have our mind and heart focused on Christ and his words alone and live by them and love those principles from the heart, and I believe that is all that matters.

I believe God wants us to develop our walk with God based on his personal revelations to us from His words about our lives rather than other folks’ revelations.

blue freedomI believe that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is just that. One where you are not judged by the next man about your personal convictions regarding non-gospel related things. Of course, you have some that believe everything in life is tied to the purpose and goals of their church organization, but that is not what the Bible teaches. As it’s often said, God didn’t call us to church but to Christ. Having lived under strict teaching about outward things, I can say the bible is correct. This is the doctrine of the Pharisees. People create strict rules to make themselves more holy, but more often than not, those same people will tend to act fleshly in attitudes and conduct, which is the more serious offense. Those man-made rules have no value in changing or cleansing the spirit.

I believe that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is just that. One where you are not judged by the next man about your personal convictions regarding non-gospel related things. Of course, you have some that believe everything in life is tied to the purpose and goals of their church organization, but that is not what the Bible teaches. As it’s often said, God didn’t call us to church but to Christ. Having lived under strict teaching about outward things, I can say the bible is correct. This is the doctrine of the Pharisees. People create strict rules to make themselves more holy, but more often than not, those same people will tend to act fleshly in attitudes and conduct, which is the more serious offense. Those man-made rules have no value in changing or cleansing the spirit.

18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, 19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.

20 If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations— 21 “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” 22 (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? 23 These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh. Colossians 2:18-23

I believe that freedom in Christ is the freedom to do as Christ leads according to his words and guidance. It is grace to live as we should and submit ourselves to the will of God as he reveals it to us.

I believe God has a truth that transcends petty differences that divide men.download (1)

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I believe it takes a long time for Christians to realize that although we have truth in Christ, it is not our job to be judge and jury. It is our job to love humanity and show God’s unconditional love as much as it is in our power. That’s a hard lesson for most of us to learn.

God does not always fit into our small box of judgment, as he has proved time and again.tiny box

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8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9

Amen to His Word

Clear My Thinking (The Road to Change)

Changing thought patterns is a challenge, but it’s not how old you are; it’s how open you are that determines your success. Some people say that they are too old to change. But if the change is worthwhile, you are never to old to improve. Changing a pattern or mode of thinking is a difficult task, yet, it is essential to total change. If a person is selfish, it’s because of their thought patterns. If they are careless and neglectful, it often has more to do with their mode of thinking than who they are. Adjusting our mental habits is the first step to changing our hearts.

black woman thinkingChanging thought patterns is a challenge, but it’s not how old you are; it’s how open you are that determines your success in the matter. Some people say that they are too old to change. But if the change is worthwhile, you are never to old to improve. Changing a pattern or mode of thinking is a difficult task, yet, it is essential to total change. If a person is selfish, it’s because of their thought patterns. If they are careless and neglectful, it often has more to do with their mode of thinking than who they are. Adjusting our mental habits is the first step to changing our hearts. Continue reading “Clear My Thinking (The Road to Change)”

The Soul of America

This 2016 election has brought up, what all Americans of all races, religions and backgrounds have always known. That America, while floating on the waters of freedom in its laws and rhetoric, possesses an evil underbelly of racism.

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This blog has been dedicated to helping Christians with individual spiritual awareness.  But being a U.S. Citizen and part of the great state of Illinois today, my mind is focused on America’s spiritual awareness during our 2016 Presidential Campaign.  One of the greatest fights we have in this election is a fight for the soul and identity of this country we call the land of the free and the home of the brave.  The soul is defined as the real life, the inner consciousness of any being or organization.  Our soul’s true self is not based on what we say we are, it’s what we actually are in fact. Our soul is what defines us as human beings and as a nation. Continue reading “The Soul of America”

How Do I Change?

When we realize where we cannot go, we start to focus on where we can.

downloadOver the past few years a change has happened in my life in a good way. My hope for my future and what I can accomplish seems brighter than before. I’m not sure why I feel like this except that I have greater focus. This is a change for me. So I want to ask the question of how does one change. I know in my life, change always seemed to come in pieces. Very rarely, if I’ve made major changes did it come from one grand incident where I said, “I need to change”. Usually, there was a long string of good or bad happenings that brought me to a point of change. Continue reading “How Do I Change?”

The Old Things Are Passed Away

I am thanking God today for my new birth in Christ and 33 years of victory. I have a new life, a new heart; I am a new creation in Christ Jesus. I was born into the family of God in August of 1982. I spent my first 19 years not knowing God at all. I was person that was hostile to Christ. Of late, God has brought back to my mind my old life, how bad off I used to be and it only makes me rejoice about the change in my life today. My old life is passed away—gone.

I am thanking God today for my new birth in Christ and and 33 years of victory over the devil.  I have a new life, a new heart; I am a new creation in Christ Jesus.  I was born into the family of God in August of 1982.  I spent my first 19 years not knowing God at all.  I was person that was hostile to Christ.  Of late, God has brought back to my mind my old life, how bad off I used to be and it only makes me rejoice about the change in my life today.  My old life is passed away—gone.  The scripture talks of walking in the “newness of life”.  When you go to the store and they say something is new, you expect that it has not been used by anyone else; it is fresh from the factory.  If you found out you’d bought a used product that you thought was new, you would take it back.  I would.  New means new. I’ve never been disappointed in this new beginning; this second chance at life that God gives.    Continue reading “The Old Things Are Passed Away”