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Defeating The Lie: I’m Not Clean Enough To Get To Know God

God laid it on my heart these past couple days to talk about how Jesus isn’t looking for us to “get clean” before we ask him in our life. Neither should the church you attend. The church you attend should be showing the love of Jesus by meeting you where you are at, sins and all. None of us our perfect. None.

I have went to different churches with different denominations. Where I have learned the most is where I felt the love of Jesus and was taught biblical principles. I’ve never learned something out of fear or condemnation. We know that fear nor condemnation come from God. Love casts out all fear and God is Love. There’s a big difference between conviction and condemnation. Condemnation is overwhelming guilt that pushes you away from God. Where conviction is where Holy Spirit points out you have something to work on in your heart through love.

When I went back to church in 2015, I was sick and in need of a doctor. In other words, I was consumed by the enemies lies, what people portrayed God to be, overwhelmed by the heaviness of my sin, and just came home from the bar a couple hours before while still battling a pill addiction. I stepped into The River and was very timid and didn’t really want to talk or be seen by anyone. However, I was stopped by 4 amazing women that day that I still love to this day. They knew that I was struggling but loved me anyways, just as Jesus does. I walked into worship and it was completely different than anything I had ever saw. People were free. They held up their hands praising God, weeping, and laying hands on one another. And then Holy Spirit hit me….Like right in the face. Some of you know exactly what I’m talking about! The song we were singing was talking about was about breaking free from addiction and depression.

I am unsure why there is this lie floating around that Jesus expects you to be white as snow when you come to him…probably just one of satans tactics…But, if we were clean and not in need of a doctor, God wouldn’t of went Jesus to die for us. It’s never too late to come to God & you’re never too dirty to come to him either.

“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord . “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.
Isaiah 1:18 NLT

“Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.”
1 John 4:18 NLT

We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.
1 John 4:16 NLT

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Forgiven

Good Morning Everyone!

I woke up this morning, holding onto something I had done the night before. I have been doing this quite often, unfortunately.
However, I am so thankful to have such a patient, loving, and understanding Father to encourage me and guide me along this journey. "Your word is a lamp to guide me and a light for my path."-Psalms 119:105
I don't believe at times that I am forgiven. I just can't fathom how his mercies are new every morning. Like, doesn't he get tired of forgiving us?
Then Holy Spirit slides this little scripture in my devotion, "I weep with sorrow; encourage me by your word." -Psalms 119:28 NLT
& then I go on and proceed to read…
"The Lord's unfailing love and mercy still continue, fresh as the morning, as sure as the sunrise". -Lamentations 3:22-23 GNB
I was like okay, I know this verse but I'm still just not fully understanding Lord, I'm not sure why but can you help me out?
God, already knowing how I've been feeling, ever so gently reached out to me and put this in my lap…
The Lord is so patient with me and knows exactly what I need at exactly the right time. He is perfect.
I can trust in The Lord's word and promises that even when I do make a mistake, no matter the size, I am forgiven. It may seem silly to many because this is what Jesus, his son, died for. However, the enemy is really good and lying and manipulating everything to make us think that there is no way that God can just keep on forgiving us. His word says, otherwise. This doesn't mean that I can continue to do wrong, being forgiven came at a very high cost.
I'm not sure who this is for, maybe it's just for me, but I know that his word is always produces fruit. "It is the same with my word. I send it out, and I always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and will prosper everywhere I send it."-Isaiah 55:11 NLT "

Thank-you Papa for always placing your word at an arms reach for me to hear and comfort me. I pray that I study and meditate on it daily, being able to grow a deeper understanding of who you are and who I am in you. I want to thank-you for your perfect timing and your forgiving heart. I want to thank-you for sending down your son so I have been made new. I pray that I am able to be still and know who you are and your promises to fight when the enemy attacks. Thank-you for giving us Holy Spirit to point out things my flesh wouldn't normally see. You are such a loving and patient father. May I have your eyes to see people how you see them, your ears to hear what you hear, and your words to speak. May I grow more like you every single day. Thank-you Lord for who you are. In Jesus' name, Amen!

Is there something that the enemy has been attacking you with that The Word of God says is untrue? I pray that the Lord will send you revelations of what needs to happen in order to grow deeper into a relationship with him.

Feel free to comment or message me with feedback.
I'd love to hear what God is doing in your heart!