In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
When I was in my early teens I was told I would be the light of my family. As you can imagine a teen with no type of religion or spiritual guidance really. It was scary. How would I be the light? I was depressed and so emotional. I was angry and unwilling. I just didn’t believe it. I never thought I’d be a follower of Christ. Yet, here I am, willingly being the light. Not without troubles and difficulties (John 16:33) but staying focused and knowing that the light in me is my Lord and Savior. Part of this short and quick testimony is also that not only did I not believe but I also made many unwise choices, sometimes innocently and sometimes knowing, those choices clouded my light and at times even turned it off. There were moments when it was so dark that I couldn’t see that beautiful light and neither did others. But I’m here to tell you that the choices I make now make the Light shine so bright it’s blinding, I truly cannot see where I am going (in a good way). What I do know is that I have made a choice to trust in my God! Trust my Savior! Trust my Guide!(Proverbs 3:5-6) I know that it doesn’t matter if I don’t know what is ahead of me, as long as I know who is walking by my side. Who walks beside you? Who are you trusting?
I want to give you an opportunity now to do the same. To let your light shine and to walk with the one who Loves you unconditionally. If you have never accepted Christ in your heart or want to rekindle that light that has been dim, take this moment, open your heart and say, Father, I thank you for your son, Jesus Christ. I thank you for sending Him to die for me, I believe that He rose just for me. Father, I repent of my sins and I turn to you. I surrender my heart to you and I receive Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Guide me, protect me and help me know right from wrong. In Jesus name Amen.
If you need prayer or have any questions please reach out. Now, go and let that Light shine bright!
The truth will set you free. Who’s truth though? And what exactly is the truth? If you are a person of faith and believe in God and that He sent His only son Jesus to die on the cross for us, then you know that’s part of the truth. What’s the other part? Well… the rest of the word of God, of course! I find myself sometimes scrolling through social media coming across posts with photos or paintings of Jesus and stories attached to them about the origin or simply someone writing about the “truth” of what that photo or painting means. I’ll give you an example, there was a post of a very famous painting of Jesus and next to an unknown young man who resembled the Jesus painting very much, the post/blog read, that the photo was painted by Michael Angelo, the man on the painting was Tomasso and it stated that he was also his lover. It continued to say that Michael Angelo painted that portrait of Jesus in the likeness of Tomasso and then the Catholic Church adopted that painting and everyone has been praying to this painting of this man. That was pretty much the summary and the point the writer/believer wanted to get across. When I read that I felt I needed to do more research, I went in with an open mind that that information could be right. What I found was that it wasn’t, that painting was not made in the likeness of Tomasso and Michael Angelo didn’t paint it. Included in that post/blog it was mentioned that both these individuals were lovers, something God would be against. There’s a lot more information out there if you would like to keep reading more about this. The point I’m trying to make is this, we represent a God of truth, complete, utter, pure as can be, God of truth. Before we speak, we must always include the Holy Spirit, we must ask for wisdom and guidance, we must pray, fast, research, read the Bible and let God be the one to consume you with his truth. The slightest error, the most miniscule misinformation and miscommunication, the tiniest mistake can cause a ripple effect on many people who are trying to seek God and have a relationship with Him, it can cause a total non-believer to continue to live a life without Christ. Now, i don’t know it all, i don’t claim to be some scholar or expert on all things God, all I know is that God wants us to live in truth, to practice it and to teach it. Making the slightest change in anything is to plain lie even if your intentions are to get people saved. Distorting the truth or manipulating it into something that’s close to the truth but not the complete truth is just a plain lie and it’s not okay. We have a responsibility being God’s agents here on earth to speak only truth and to live by His truth, to abide in His truth and presence at all times without compromising ourselves or desperately resorting and inclining to manipulation by distortion of what the truth is. Finally, God by no means needs us to bend the truth for the sake of people’s salvation, we are here to place seeds of faith and encourage those who need it. Ultimately, God is the one who saves not us and He does it ever so eloquently and pure. God bless you.
John 14:33 2Corinthians 11:13-15 John 4:1-3 Isaiah 5:20 John 8:31-32 Colossians 2:8 John 3:16 Ephesians 4:14 2 Timothy 4:3-4 Matthew 7:21-23 1 Timothy 6:3-5
Motivational Quotes are great sometimes. But who writes them? What are their beliefs? What kind of life do they live in private? And by the way regardless of the “feeling” you get, it’s all temporary. To be honest they carry no substance. They might get you through a day, maybe months… but did you ever notice you were always thirsty for more? It’s like now you need to search for this motivation and while your mind is enamored with the words and your gut gets the “feeling”, you are somehow still physically immobile. Wonder why that is? (rhetorical question). So with all that said, let me share with you where my “motivational quotes” (for a lack of a better term) comes from. -God’s promises. Heard of them? We know who He is, we know His intentions, we know He comes from love, we know that His promises are permanent. Most importantly He is constantly reminding us of who we are in Him. His word, well…it brings forth life. LIFE! Something that is ALIVE! And is God a liar that He may lie to us? Absolutely not. His promises fill us, they bring us joy, they bring us ideas, they bring truth, they bring creativity, they bring…well..you get it. Doesn’t it feel so good to KNOW, like actually KNOW that God YOUR creator gives you this book full of life that brings life to dead bones, that quenches that thirst and satisfies that hunger, that not only motivates you to feel good in the moment but that actually MOVES you towards your destiny! I can go and on. Don’t worry, I won’t leave you without any references. Here’s your first. Ready? It’s called the bible.
Numbers 23:19 Matthew 5:6 Titus 1:2 Ezequiel 37:1-28 Hebrews 4:12 Jeremiah 29:11 2 Peter 1:4 2 Corinthians 1:20 Romans 8:28 Psalm 37:4 Joshua 23:14 John 14:27