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  • Amy 11:27 am on August 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Who Are You? 

    It’s not our experiences that makes us who we are; it’s what God says about us that makes us who we are. -Pastor Mike (@FCCC teaching on Creating God’s Reality With Your Mouth).
    #NewCreature #Holy #Loving #Fearless #Bold #Blessed #Strong #Victorious

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  • Amy 2:10 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Guilt and Christianity 

    Christianity is not about guilt inducement, it is about guilt removal. #Forgiven

     
  • Amy 6:59 pm on November 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    22 November, 2015 18:59 

    It’s never too late to be redeemed and used by God.

     
  • Amy 2:33 pm on December 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

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  • Amy 3:37 pm on May 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Faith 101 

    At every moment of our lives we are either walking by faith or by sight.

    Our faith is the vehicle that brings God into our circumstances. Example: your faith in what Jesus has done for you is what brought God into your circumstances initially to save you. Meaning, that’s how you got saved: you used faith to believe Jesus exists, died, paid the penalty for your sin.

    Every believer has been given the measure of faith. So, you don’t need more faith just like you don’t need more muscles. What you may need, however, is to build your faith up so that it becomes strong. How does one do that? In the same way we build our muscles up: by working them. Use your faith in God on a regular basis and it will grow strong and big.

    How do we build or strengthen our faith? Mainly, by believing a promise in the Bible over what you currently see manifested in your life. Case Study: when I was a child I was bullied (in my mind severely). One day I was reading in Psalms in the Bible. I read a verse that said "I will make your enemy your footstool." I knew God was speaking to me about my bullying situation. I chose to believe that Scripture over what I was currently experiencing. By the time I entered high school that promise had manifested. That’s how I used my faith.

     
  • Amy 4:42 pm on October 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: blessings, christ, , church, commandment, financial, , ,   

    8 Reasons Church is for You 

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    There are many benefits of attending church, but I want to highlight just a few for those of you who are wondering what the big deal about church is.

    1. You get to interact with God
    2. You get to be around other believers (iron sharpens iron -other believers can help bring out the godliness in you)
    3. You get a message from God and more of His will is revealed to you
    4. You are prepared for future events -good and bad
    5. Jesus did it. Jesus always gathered with other believers even as a kid he was with the elders. He primarily ministered to groups of people.
    6. Paul recommends it. During Paul’s ministry some people became arrogant and stopped associating with other believers.
    7. Promote spiritual growth
    8. Helps deter “backsliding”

    If you attend church and Bible study regularly, there is nothing Satan can bring your way that you won’t be already prepared for.

    What future events has church prepared me for personally?

    1. The economic downfall in 2008 (I knew about it years before via my pastor and him being sensitive to God’s Spirit).
    2. Healthy Sex Life
    3. Happy, Fun Marriage
    4. Depression
    5. Job Loss
    6. On several occasions my financial blessings were located at church (meaning people within the church met my need financially)

    Going to church and paying attention to the message and God’s Spirit (the Holy Spirit) while in service will not only help you be prepared for future crisis, but avoid future crisis and do things the right way the first time.

     
  • Amy 10:58 pm on May 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Anti-Christian sentiment, Atheism, born again, , Christianity, Ezekiel, , in christ, , new birth, new life, non-believer, unsaved   

    Straight from the A…..theist! 

    I’m sure we all know people who are not only unsaved, but are anti-God, anti-Christian, can’t stand the Word, and can’t stand you! Well, here’s a testimony of a man in Birmingham, AL like that. His name is Brian. Actually, he’s just been born again, so he’s not like that anymore. He gives good insight as to why non believers respond the way they do to Christians. I love hearing his testimony because it let’s me know that even my peers who currently despise God, can be undone through God’s Love. Notice, I didn’t say God’s rage, anger, or wrath. It’s through His love that He chases us down and draws us near. Listen to his pre-christian and post-christian experience here: Brian Noble’s Testimony from Bham AL

    Maybe you know someone like Brian, or you are like that yourself, either way, God can soften all hearts towards Him. In a book of the Bible named Ezekiel, God takes literal dry bones from a valley and breathes life into them in response to a prophet praying for them. Maybe you have some dry bones in your family or you are dry bones yourself. Well, guess what. Even if you hate God, with your permission, He will take your dry bones and give life to them. He will take your heart of stone and replace it with a heart of flesh. So, the next time you’re around some dry bones, just say, “I believe even these bones can live!”

    Remember, no one is a lost cause. And if you know someone who is, Jesus died for them too.

    How did you feel about God before getting saved? If you’re not saved, how can you relate to Brian?

     
  • Amy 2:45 am on May 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: jackpot, lottery, lotto, tickets   

    Why I Will Never Play the Lottery Again 

    As a follower of Christ, I’ve always known that playing the lottery is a sin. But as a big fan of the show How the Lottery Changed My Life I have desired to play the lottery and now have a hard time seeing the wrong in it (except when parents use their paychecks on the lottery instead of feeding their babies or paying their bills).

    Well, after the most recent Powerball on 5/18/13 for $600 million dollars, I gave in and played on behalf of my mom. It’s amazing how once you sin, you realize why God didn’t want you to do it. Needless to say, my mom now owes me $2.

    Praise God for His great mercy and grace! In Deuteronomy, a book in the Old Testament of the Bible, God tells us that the reason He gives us commands and regulations are for our good always (Love always looks out for the object of Its affection). Now, I clearly understand why we shouldn’t play the lottery and why I will never play for myself or anyone else again. Before, I was believing it was wrong by faith, now I know it’s wrong from experience. Oh how I wish I never purchased that ticket. Not only because it’s worthless, but because it shows God that I didn’t trust Him or believe His word at that time.

    Someone always wins the lottery, so it must be good, right? The truth is God doesn’t give us rules and regulations to restrict us, He gives them to us to protect us. The reason I will never play the lottery is as follows: People play because they have a need or a great desire that needs fulfilling. It seems as though playing the lottery is the only way they can even come close to having those needs and secret desires fulfilled. They can use the seemingly infinite winnings of the lottery to meet those needs and desires. But the lottery is just that, a lottery. It has no feelings or emotions and does not care about you or your needs. The lottery is unloving and greedy. It doesn’t care about your bills, it just wants your money. The lottery forces you to guess the right numbers in order to have your needs met. If you guess wrong, not only are your dreams not fulfilled, but you lose money that could have been used in a transaction that would have guaranteed a return (i.e. buying candy if you bought one lotto ticket or buying an iPad if you bought hundreds of lotto tickets).

    The lottery is literally anti god – it represents the opposite of God and His nature. Meaning, it’s the complete opposite of who God is and who He wants to be in your life. Our God has feelings and emotions. Our God loves us so much that He, died for us -even gave everything of Himself to meet our needs and promises to give us not only our desires, but the secret desires of heart (Psalms 37, Psalms 20, Philippians 4) – and we don’t have to guess the right numbers in order for Him to do it. All we have to do is believe that He is. He is what? Everything you need (just like you believe the lottery is everything you need to live your dream life). Are you starting to see how the lottery is an anti god, an idol god? It wants your money, hasn’t done anything for you, and cares absolutely nothing about you! It reminds me of the golden calf the Israelites built in the Old Testament. Everyone gave a portion of their gold to making the calf. Then they stared at the calf in awe of how huge and filled with gold it had become to the point that they worshipped it and celebrated it hoping it would in turn bless them. Didn’t you do that when you bought your lotto ticket -sing a little tune, pray a little prayer to it, tell it what you want it to do for you, imagining your life made perfect by it? The Israelites failed to realize that the reason the gold calf was so huge and awesome was because of their own resources pooled together to make the calf! Similarly, there wouldn’t be a huge $600 million dollar lottery for us to cast our hopes and dreams on if we hadn’t pooled our money together to make it!

    Back to God, the one whom playing the lottery takes our eyes off of. He takes on the role of a Father, loving us as His children, affectionately caring for us, knowing our needs in advance, and meeting those needs simply by us asking and having faith, not wishing like in playing the lottery. He doesn’t force us to guess the right numbers or guess his thoughts. He doesn’t meet one person’s need, then make everyone else walk away empty-handed until another year. Nor is He impersonal like the lottery, or self-centered. The lottery doesn’t care about your needs. Its doesn’t care about your babies needing food. Nor does it care how long and hard you’ve worked and how you need a break in life. It only cares about one thing His getting your coins! Jesus says come to him all who are weary and tired; He promises to give you that break in life you need. As a matter of fact, He has already lived life for you and says that you can now live your life through Him – in His strength, in His victory, in His peace, and in His riches!  The Bible says we can’t serve Mammon and God. The lottery is that Mammon. And your $2 is a tithe to that Mammon! You give it $1 or $2 and it gives you a ticket that may or may not be of value. Do you really want to serve a god like that?! If you give the real God your tithe (10%) the way you faithfully tithe to the lotto, He guarantees you a promise (Malachi 3). He gives you a note you can bank on! You can take that note and cash it into the heavenly banking system using your faith. Faith is like a blank check and the promises of God are the dollar amount the check is good for. Cash your check, boo!

    Do yourself a favor, the next time you decide to play the lottery, take that money and buy yourself a hamburger or gas for your car. It will be money well spent. Let the lottery god work and earn his own money, the way we do.

    P.S. And as far as the lottery funding education, the majority of the people playing the lottery can’t fund their own education, so it’s literally the poor taking care of the poor. Rich people don’t play the lottery. They know the value of money and use it on projects that guarantee a return. How many Bentleys have you seen in the lottery line at the gas station? A way to amass wealth is by doing what wealthy people do. Wealthy people stay at home during the lottery and think up million dollar ideas. Not $2 fantasies. Let go and let God.

     
  • Amy 7:32 pm on April 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , justification, , , , , sanctification,   

    Sanctification vs. Justification 

    I just read and amazing blogpost on the difference bewteen sanctification and justification: http://carm.org/justification-and-sanctification
    These are 2 important terms that’s every believer should know. Reading this really brought peace 2my spirit in knowing that I am saved and have eternal life because of Jesus did and not because of what I do after believing in Jesus.

    If you are a believer please take time to know how you are saved. If you ate not a believer, become one! Even as a Christian myself for a long time I thought I was going to heaven simply because I did what God wanted me to do. I was obedient. Obedience doesn’t get us to heaven, salvation does. I’m not going because I am obedient, I am going because I have been saved by the grace of God through my faith in believing that Jesus lived and died as my substitute. He shed his blood specifically for me (and for you too).

    The Bible teaches that salvation is a FREE gift. If it is a gift, then we can’t earn it. We simply receive it. Receive what’s already yours!

    Back to sanctification and justification: Justification is an instant process that occurs when we believe on.Christ. He justifies us as now being worthy of heaven. It is a legal act that comes with being born again and totally handled by God. We don’t justify ourselves, God does. It makes me think of Justin Timberlake’s album JUSTIFIED. Sancitification, on the other hand, is a process. Sanctification is the act of being made holy or conformed to the image of Christ. So, not only does God want us to accept Jesus as our atoning.sacrifice, He also wants us to be like Jesus. This is a process that is worked from the inside out over a prior of time. Namely, our entire lifetime. The reason it is a process is because it involes and effort made by us and God (we’re the ones that determine the speed of the sanctification process). It involves us turning away from our sins, growing spiritually, spending time with God and renewing our mind by studying and believing Scripture.

    Not everything happens when we get saved. When we get saved, we get saved. Some people’s mind and attitudes change instantly, for others, like myself, its a process. When I got saved I was still bossy, still mean to my brothers, still lied and gossiped. But over a period of time I began to have a change of heart: I didn’t want to lie anymore because I knew God didn’t like it. I stopped gossiping (by the power of the Holy Spirit- I thought it was impossible to not gossip), I realized (after many years) that it was not okay to try and rule.over my brothers and make them behave perfectly.

    Don’t fear not being fully sanctified. Look at the disciples, they imperfectly followed Christ: James didn’t believe until Jesus was crucified (and Jesus was his own brother)! Peter loved the Lord, yet denied him. Even stopped following Christ once Christ was crucified! Yet he returned to the Lord and went on to preach to thousands.Thomas doubted, yet went on to spread the Gospel to India. I have been afraid of having an imperfect walk with the Lord, yet I find comfort in reading about the imperfect lives of the disciples and knowing that whoever comes to Jesus, he will in no way reject (John 6:37)

    An awesome post on Jesus not rejecting us: http://str.typepad.com/weblog/2010/07/whoever-comes-to-me-i-will-never-cast-out.html

    Where are you in your sanctification process? Have you noticed any changes since being born again?

     
  • Amy 7:32 pm on April 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: burial, death, , , , , , grace, , , , , , , resurrection, salvation, saved,   

    Jesus shed his blood specifically for you 

    Jesus shed his blood specifically for you.

     
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