Loving the World too much?

I was once asked: ” how do you stay true yourself/ the world while staying true to God?”

You can’t.

This world is temporary. The things of this world are temporary. Our very human bodies are temporary. We are here on God’s assignment.

I think the real question is who are you trying to please? God or man?

Are we distracted and focusing on temporal things or are we having faith and focusing on eternity ?

You will never receive the gift of the Holy Spirit if you’re loving the world too earnestly.

I like to breakdown this topic into a few questions:

  1. Are you invested in wealth or character?

Wealth

Matthew 6: 19-21 (NIV) says:

Treasures in Heaven

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Character

Matthew 7: 21-23 NIV says:

True and False Disciples

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven,but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

My friend G recently shared with me that one of the most important thing we must do is focus on developing the character of Jesus above anything else.

       2.  Are you seeking life or death?

1 Timothy 4:8 says:

” For boldly exercise profits a little, bit godliness is profitable for all the things having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come”

Godliness, is a characteristic that gives life and is profitable to all things. Doing God’s will and living for Him, following His word, His commandments, reading and meditating on His Word and spending time with Him — these things lead to LIFE

The more you seek God the more you become focused on His will and purpose on this earth – the more you realize that the things of this world are temporary.

Luke 21:33 NKJV says:

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

Matthew 5:18 NLT says:

I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved.

2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV says:

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Reading these above verses, I understand that nothing else will add value to my life except for the fear and love of the Lord. 

Mark 8:36-38 NLT says:

“And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in the glory of his Father with the holy angels”

Living for the world means we have compromised our faith. Compromising our faith means that at some point we push Jesus to the side to serve our own flesh.

Can you imagine if Jesus pushed us aside?

I know that I do not have to compromise my faith and go against the will of God in order to live a joyful and good life.

How many times have we changed an instruction for the sake of compromise and comfort?

How many times have you sold your soul for the sake of a little worldly pleasure here and there?

James 4:3-5 NLT says:

“And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure. You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. Do you think the Scriptures have no meaning? They say that God is passionate that the spirit he has placed within us should be faithful to him.”

Today, I dare you to be rare in a world full of compromise.

Be faithful to God.

lots of ❤️,

The Graced Citizen

Psalm 130

Have you cried out to the Lord lately?

After you cried out and prayed, do you trust and wait on the Lord with His eternal glory?

Psalm 130 

A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem.

From the depths of despair, O Lord,
    I call for your help.
Hear my cry, O Lord.
    Pay attention to my prayer.

Lord, if you kept a record of our sins,
    who, O Lord, could ever survive?
But you offer forgiveness,
    that we might learn to fear you.

I am counting on the Lord;
    yes, I am counting on him.
    I have put my hope in his word.
I long for the Lord
    more than sentries long for the dawn,
    yes, more than sentries long for the dawn.

O Israel, hope in the Lord;
    for with the Lord there is unfailing love.
    His redemption overflows.
He himself will redeem Israel
    from every kind of sin.

The Wait

Yes, the season of wait. The longest and hardest season period. Usually, the Holy Spirit shows us a promise and then we must wait for God’s timing.

But then our human nature kicks in, we want it now! God why would you show me this. No, I don’t want to fast and pray. You’re taking too long Jesus! * goes about and attempts to do it in our own will and might* —— completely fails ——- return to waiting on Jesus. Talk about impatience and spiritual disobedience!!

What a process! Reminds me of the children of Israel. Instead of waiting patiently – they complained, placed idols before God and tried to make things happen in their own time. Well, what could have been just a few days costed them 40 years of their lives!

The children of Israel walked in spiritual disobedience because they got impatient with God’s Promise.

When you walk in obedience, there is a commanded blessing over your life.

You should declare: ” I will not grow weary in my season of wait”

Exodus 14:14 says: “The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”

That simply means God already has it figured out and we need to remain calm and obedient to our now.

It’s in the wait season that you grow. It’s in this season you learn moment to moment. You learn how to make something from nothing. It’s a valley of the unknown meaning we have to learn to lean on the ultimate maker- God himself. It’s in this season you learn to become strong. The wait season brings the best memories that moment when you reach to your breakthrough.

Isaiah 40:31 NKJV says: “But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.”

Always remember there is a season after the wait season.

lots of love❤️

The Graced Citizen

The Unexpected

My sister and I recently completed “The Unexpected” by Christine Caine bible study on the Bible app.

Let me just say, this study has changed our lives drastically. Faith without works is definitely DEAD. (James 2:17-18)

The main focus of the study is having faith during the unexpected.

Christine reminds us that what is unexpected to us, isn’t unexpected to God and therefore we should activate our faith and KEEP GOING. When unexpected things happen, we mustn’t try to take things in control.

Us trying to have control means we lack faith! Think about it, us controlling things removes God as the author and controller of our lives! That is dangerous! That removes our fear of the Lord and His plans for us. We can’t be faithful and controlling at the same time.

She teaches in the study that we need to walk by faith, run to God and not to allow fear to consume our daily lives. Also, the fact that we can’t allow daily fears to derail us from our kingdom purpose!

You see loves, in order to grow, things around us MUST change. And believe me, trials are going to come during this unexpected change BUT we know the Bible says “all things are working for our good” – Romans 8:28 …. so that means even though trials arise- All things … not some things BUT ALL things are working for our good —- with that being said we should learn to rejoice no matter what because at the end of the day our God is STILL GOOD and always working.

I definitely recommend this study on the Bible app and you should start it with a friend so you can do the “Talk it Over”.

I will end with a excerpt from the study.

(All rights reserved to Christine Caine and the Bible app)

” Our part is to exercise faith and patience. Faith is believing God, believing that God is who he says he is, and that he will do what he said he would do. Patience is our capacity to tolerate delay—our ability to wait. It’s trusting that God is good, God does good, and God knows what he is doing, no matter how long it takes—no matter what our purpose is. 

We all are called to the unexpected, and it will always take faith to see it through—but when we move forward by faith, God will always fight for us and do the miraculous. Let’s recognize what God is doing for us, the doors he’s opening for us, the steps he’s ordering for us. Let’s recognize his supernatural power at work in our lives.

He will always honor our obedience. In everything God has called me to do, the miracles happened after I stepped out in faith—after I stepped out in obedience, trusting him. “

God bless you! I’ve missed you all so much😔 My computer has been down but I will try my best to share everything from my phone for the time being ( thanks to my dear Aqua for that extra push)

lots and lots of love,

Jesus loves you! Talk to you soon 💕

The Graced Citizen