You Mad Bro?

Ephesians 4:26-31

26 “In your anger do not sin” : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need. 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

 

The thing about anger, is it is the product of of everything that is prideful and selfish. See it is easy to get caught up in the emotional aspect of life. It’s easy to let it fester and stew and take over your thoughts. I used to be angry. I used to hate and make fun of others. When I came back to Jesus, He pointed many things out. If you cannot see the good in others or accept age, gender, color, etc. You are quickly falling away from the grace and blessing of God. Sometimes, with those close to me, I can see things so clearly. Yet their hearts are often not ready for the discussion or thoughts that have. To be compassionate, understanding, and always focusing on the good instead of dwelling on the bad is not something you can gain on your own.

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. -Colossians 3:8, 12-13

If every little thing gets under your skin then the person you should be angry at is yourself. Honestly, the person with the problem, both mentally and spiritually, is you!!! The only way to overcome this feeling is to learn how to ask God to take it from you. God has been swift to take my ill feelings away after frivolously asking God to help me love more. Only recognizing that you have an issue with anger is the first step. After all how can you fix what you never recognize is broken?

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Missing the Mark

Ok so missing the mark, what exactly does that mean? There is something I say frequently,” Off by a millimeter off by a mile!” I’ve written in depth the meaning of this. To wrap it up in a nutshell it’s a golfing term. If you hit the ball even the slightest but on the right or left the trajectory of the ball will be off by miles even from the destination of the hole. It’s all about angles and positioning. one of my favorite examples of this was a sermon I heard about fear. This highly elaborate and excited pastor was identifying fear. Well first what is fear? Fear is the OPPOSITE of Faith. (Pslam 56:3 ,23:4,27:1, 118:6, Ephesians 2:8-9, 2 Tim 1:7, Romans 10:27, 1 Corinth 10:13, Philip 4:6-7) All of these go into details about fear and Faith. To hit a mark we first must know what the mark is. As a Christian the “mark” is always Jesus and the Kingdom of God. Therefore, we must have correct doctrine. As this pastor proceeded with his energized sermon few things were pointed out by the Holy Spirit.

  1. he only acknowledge worldly fears
  2. he never touched scriptures about not having fear
  3. avoided the response when asking the congregation what they fear “stepping out of the will of God”
  4. didn’t once lead the congregation to the Jesus and why He died on the cross.

(Matthew 11:27, 28:18, Ephes 1:21, Coloss 2:10, John 17:2  go into depth about the authority given to us. )

This very energetic pastor was literally running around the church yelling with excitement holding the mic to random people in the audience asking their fears. Basic things came up; heights, bugs, reptiles, etc. I at this point had a very solid fearless mentor and my only response was fear God. Fear what not following Him will do to you. This was ignored. Yet the girl next to me stated spiders. this girl was his disciple for over 10 years. She followed his every word and command. He addressed her comment on the spot stating,” Not if your with me your not!” WAIT!!! She has been under your wing for 10 years and you didn’t know this fear of spiders of hers? She isn’t cured yet from it?

At this point the Holy Spirit had me squirming in my seat. I was uncomfortable. God will let you know when something isn’t right even if it sounds holy and imitates God’s Word. We aren’t supposed to FEAR. I mean we are human and we will have fear but it is to be fleeting. You cannot trust in God and be afraid of anything other than Him at the same time!!! See how easily we as Christians can be swayed away from Jesus? Can be a heartbeat and we forgot who God is. (Psalm 118:6) WHO shall I fear, if God is with me? I should fear no person!! I was reminded about how we as people are afraid of those in authority or of what people might say or think. If anything said or done is out for the will of God or His Word you must stand up, speak up, or disagree. To the response of the fear of bugs. internally I was stricken almost with disgust, SERIOUSLY?  God SHUT THE MOUTHS of LIONS for Daniel. There is NO animal or insect God didn’t create. He has control and command of them all. So do you! I’m not saying deliberately place yourself in harms way. If you aren’t acting in the name and of the will of Jesus you simple are placing yourself in a compromising position. Yet still God will always have your best interest.  How could someone be afraid of a thing yet not expect God to be with you. God is always bigger than your fears!!

Ok, well lets take this to another level. If you saw a demon would you run? I mean now a days satan has become harder to identify. People aren’t climbing walls and spinning heads most of the time. They just lie, steal, kill, cheat, etc. In the event you physically saw the appearance of a demon how would you be? No lie I would have to quickly get over my fear, because that is the first point of control of satan. To make you afraid so you lose Faith in God.  I haven’t encountered this situation yet either. Now we are talking about the POWER of God. A foundation scripture for me is Luke 10:19 – Behold, I give unto you POWER to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over ALL the power of the enemy: AND NOTHING shall by ANY MEANS hurt you. Jesus Himself gives us this authority to bend satan to the Will of God. The only fear you can ever truly justify is the fear of God.

As the sermon was wrapped up, he has someone that had a fear of heights climb a ladder. I’m not sure what this proved or showed. This was the last sermon I ever sat through by this pastor. He missed the mark entirely!!! By missing the mark it proved his intent, the intention wasn’t to lead others to Jesus but to showboat himself as a pastoral leader.

JESUS, His Blood and WHY He died on the cross is the mark. Every stripe of on the back of Jesus is for everything that puts us in fear. One for Sickness, one for loneliness, one for depression, one for anxiety, etc. Ultimately, He dies on the cross, and we are never again to fear death. All of these things are taken care of and payed for by the Blood of Christ. He was the Perfect Sacrifice. By His Blood we are given the Holy Spirit. Jesus took fear and nailed it to the cross saying to us NO MORE!!! IT IS FINISHED!! We were given the authority OVER ALL THINGS.

Correct or incorrect doctrine? Besides being completely incorrect in his message he was totally missing the mark. Point all things to Jesus and the Cross.  This brings me back to this….. off by a millimeter off by a mile. Somewhere in the beginning of his walk with Christ something was just a little bit off. Now, years later, he was way off by miles. This is why we are to ask, seek and knock for WISDOM and DISCERNMENT. You need to study the Word of God to be approved. Knowing the Word and knowing WHO GOD IS. Through that is how the Holy Spirit can let you know the TRUTH. Really take note when you allow the spirit of fear to feed you. Overcome it with Faith that no matter what the fear is God trumps it all.

 

A Thought Given

I wanted to tell you guys about something that God gave me the other day. First, when you have a thought that isn’t of your own accord that is God speaking. Allow me to begin with that, because my thought process at that time was far from what God had given me. Honestly, I was frustrated and mad at something to do with the kids when BOOM there was a “random” thought. I always know when it’s God because it will pertain to something I had thought previously , sometimes by many years, or had never spoken about before. When I get upset I tend to clean. There I was, going over the whatever had just happened with one of the kids over and over in my mind. A bit angrily scrubbing the counters in the kitchen, when God placed this thought in my mind;

 

We have already been given the POWER and AUTHORITY to preform signs and wonders  (Luke 10:19, Matthew 28:18)

 

This was a statement to something I knock around in my mind often for many many many years. usually the question “When” and “How” are the predominant questions I think about doing what Jesus did. I also used to think maybe we aren’t close enough to God. How close to God would one have to be to preform like Jesus did here on the earth? Was there anyone “good” enough to be worthy to raise the dead? Heal the sick? ETC. …. These are the thoughts that rolled around in my mind for close to ten years now. I always thought I will be one God uses in such ways one day. When I know the Word better or by heart? When I never forget to pray? When I stop life from distracting me? This brings me to mindset. Like have the keys to the car of your dreams in your hand but you feel like you don’t deserve to drive it. Or you keep it right where it is so that you don’t risk crashing it. Or you think the keys go to an entirely different car all together. We have been given in our hands the POWER and AUTHORITY to not know every scripture of the Bible and still walk up to a paraplegic and in the name of JESUS tell them to get up and walk!!! Understanding this and KNOWING without DOUBT that you have every right and authority to command the lame to walk is the key. Matthew 21:21 Jesus says it plain as day. If you tell a mountain to move from here to there with NO doubt it will move. 1 Corinth 13:2 also speaks of faith without doubt. I’ll go a bit more in depth about this scripture later, but for now. I say don’t be afraid to step out undoubtedly in faith and allow God to do the miraculous through you!!! To be like Jesus, you must DO as Jesus DID while He was on this earth!

Time Flies

As I lay here and can’t sleep,  I scroll through the Web reading on stars who died without media recognition, stupid mindless droning crap. Then God gives me a thought,  ” why am I wasting my time?” I hate when I do that. I hate when I realize just how far from God’s plan I am by wasting my time on matterless affairs.I should be studying His Word or researching how to complete the assignment given. That’s why I don’t waste time anymore on trying to a DEFEND God’s Word, I don’t have to.  I don’t have to prove to anyone He is real,  God will do that Himself. Faith comes by hearing,  and hearing of the Word. Speak truth to others no matter how they might feel about it. Because you don’t have TIME to keep letting them believe lies. We are out of time guys to beat around the bush and sugar coat things or be to scared to hurt feelings. Plant the seeds,  water the seeds… all you can do.  You can’t change a person only Jesus can.  You can only lead by example and tell others of the amazing love of Jesus Christ. Be direct!  If they cry they cry … if they get angry they get angry. … to tell someone of the Good News, to spread the Gospel of Jesus …… well feel your feelings and then move past it… truth hurts,  it sucks,  and it reveals intention. Stop with getting caught up in how others act, think,  or speak….. YOU speak life and truth,  YOU act like Jesus did (states to BE LIKE Jesus), and YOU control your thought process by feeding your spirit knowledge of the a word of God. Seek HIM. It’s not the words in the pages that makes you a Christian  is how well you have a relationship with Him that makes you a true follower of Christ.

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I’m up. .. can’t really sleep.  Body is exhausted but my mind is sparked with excitement. So many things, progress and future.  Jesus and blessing.  Truth and lie. I struggle with things. … walking in faith is way easier said than done at times. Shane used to tell me all the time, “anything worth anything is something you have to fight for.” This means future,  prosperity,  families,  relationships, jobs,  time, ect….. freedom.  What is freedom? Most of us work to live, survive, and support our families. Seeking the next pay raise to upgrade our  social status. The same goes for most of us spiritually.  I once used to think that I was the real deal.  Oblivious to the reality of being in a cage. Wondering why I was having the same issues and problems and worries and fears.  I was stuck in my incorrect ways.  Even if a few things were correct and other things were off that made EVERYTHING wrong. Something I heard once was this, ” if my husband called me I would know it was him without asking who was calling. Because I spend so much time with him I know his voice. This is also how I know God’s voice.” Grasp that. Meditate on it.  Do you know God’s voice? Know His voice when He guides you, and you’ll know it if you gone Him time and ready His Word.

Thought: Continued

              

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Given the conversation about a cliché quote used by leaders in the Christian world,  there became an extension to it.  My friend had an issue including a broken heart, a broken relationship,  yet God given patience and an outstanding  grip on hope and trust in the Lord. Completely walking by faith.  This has brought so much peace to the situation. And God is already moving in favor of my friend swiftly. Given the circumstances of betrayal and a divided heart, most would walk away.  Most would give up. The world finds it absurd to pray and wait and have patience. And continue to show support and love to a spouse that walked away and chose another. This is where you trust God and go where He leads you. I was reminded of how God is in every single detail whether you walk away from Him or not.  I have done the unthinkable to God. I’ve walked away from Him, I drank, I tried different drugs (never having a vice to any particular substance), I participated in selling random substances aiding others to sin, I spit in God’s face and ran from Him in my teen years though I knew Jesus so intimately   even then.  I became the prodigal daughter. Show up and show out….. I cringe at the words. God was with me when I was faithful and seeking Him. And He was with me when I turned my back on Him. He kept me from hurtng other people, hurting myself, going to jail, or even dying in my sin (leaving me in hell). I came BACK to Jesus at the age of 20. I still struggle with sin and my flesh, I’m not where I want to be in my faith or where I think I should be. …. but THANK YOU JESUS I’m not were I was. THANK YOU GOD for not leaving me there or letting me die there.  If it wasn’t for God “showing up and showing out” every single moment of my life, even when I lost my way and rebelled against Him, I wouldn’t be here. I wouldn’t have my kids.  I wouldn’t be standing. God will meet you where you stand if you seek Him in your life.  When your tired of the same routine and the spiraling out of control downward, when you just can’t take that next step, or you know there has to be more to life than this. If you are at these points in your life pray to God. Ask Him into your heart and to take the steering wheel in your life,and actuality let Him. (Hardest part to do is let go) Trust in God’s purpose and plan for you in your life. There is nothing in the world that gives a greater feeling,  a greater happiness, a greater joy,  a greater understanding,  or greater love than following  Jesus.

~AM~

Who’s in the Spotlight

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Well,  how do I begin?!?! First I must tell you that I only will tell you the truth. I care about each of you individually as people. (Knowing that most think me saying that is absolutely crazy) God’s Word tells us to love everyone, even our enemies. That doesn’t mean lay down and roll over, you don’t have to accept things that are incorrect. So out of love,  I love you enough to tell you the truth. Most people want accolades for good deeds. Praise for doing right. Recently I saw something that stirred the Holy Spirit in me. I was shown by God instantly the difference  in correct and wrong doctrine between leaders in the Christian community.  A pastor I once followed, posted and requested that everyone change the channel to the news so that we might see how an interview was done about his family adopting homeless children.  The actual act of adopting the kids is commendable and what the Word of God is all about.  They smeared  it by not being HUMBLE. The glory is God’s, direct everyone to Him. The difference what happened and what we are supposed to do is in these 2 scriptures. So don’t take my word for it… it’s  NOT the word of Ashley…. it’s the Word of God. God cannot lie. Matthew 6:1 and Mark 16:17-18. If you seek the praise of men you’ll lose it in Heaven.  How do you know a True follower of Jesus? By the signs Jesus said we should look for to identify one. So there is an evangelist that raised over 300 people from the dead. …. and his fame is hardly on the radar.  WHY? Because his focus is Jesus  and bringing people to Jesus. Do not be swayed, God will bring notice to you and you will get credit where credit is due, but you must ALWAYS be humble before God. Be the fishers of men not the cleaner of fish. In other words it’s our job as Christians, True followers of  Jesus, to tell anyone and everyone about Him. Allow God to anoint you and use you to to bring exquisite  glory to HIM by allowing you to raise the dead,heal the sick, signs and wonders, and MORE. The greatest lie we can ever believe is that a title means correct leadership.  Study to be approved  and ask for discernment. If you know nothing you’ll believe anything. 

~AM~