You are enough

Today, I’m gonna let my Texan out. I’ve learned to communicate through the written word, but I’m going to be blunt with you today. No holding back. So, here it goes.

Let me get just one thing straight with you. You are enough!

Not everybody is going to understand you and why you do the things you do. Your past is a huge part of what makes you who you are.

You may not speak the same language as others, or even the same dialect. You may not speak with an educated thought. You may look different than others; it should be expected. We are all created uniquely in the image of God.

You may have a stutter, have autism, or even down syndrome, but you are enough.

You may have grown up in China, Russia, or even that city at the tip of South America close to Antartica. Your language and your culture, and maybe even poverty, is what makes you different. But you are enough!

You may have been abused as a child that causes you to be downcast and afraid. You may live in fear. But you are enough!

You may have been part of a gang at some point, or even now. You may have committed many crimes. But you are enough!

You may have been through war that prompted you to do things that you never thought you could do, but you are enough!

You are enough, because Jesus says that you are. You are enough that He died for all the things in your life that would be taking you to Hell. You are enough to accept Jesus as your personal Savior. You are enough to be born again.

Once you have been born again, God is the One that does the work in you to change your character. But, still, you must remain willing to let God make those changes. Trust me, the changes that God will make are changes to be thankful for. God will make changes you never felt you could make happen for yourself. Jesus is such an awesome Savior!

Jesus accepts you just as you are, but He requires a willing heart. A willing heart is what makes all the difference. How could Jesus make you clean when you aren’t willing to let him?

How to Know Jesus

I have realized that what others consider a weakness is where my strengths really lie. You see, in whatever ways I am weak, God is strong. This means that the Holy Spirt of God performs in me what is needed. I may not make sense to you, but when God shows up, awesome things happen.

Wherever I think that I am strong is where I am doing things all on my own, instead of God. Its easier to trust God where I am weak rather than where I feel that I am strong.

What alot of us may not realize is that as a follower of Jesus Christ, where we think we are strong is the greatest weakness of all. The parts of us that we believe are strong are the very parts that are the hardest to surrender to Jesus. This mean that God is only partially active in our lives, because we haven’t fully surrendered. We must deny ourselves and surrender fully to God.

Go forth and be blessed my friends.

I lost my will to live

Have you ever came into contact with something or someone that made you feel uncomfortable?

Before I entered into a relationship with Jesus, my life was full of a lot of things like drinking, smoking cigarettes, and, well, I had a real mouth on me. It was an exterior that was evidence of a lifetime full of abuse and neglect. This exterior was an automatic response to protect myself and, then, dull the pain.

In those moments, if someone would have told me that I should stop, I don’t know that I would have, because I did not feel like I had the reason to stop. I didnt have the will power to do such a thing.

When God came into my life, what was once a loss of the will to live became a powerful passion to do right for myself. To put into video game terms, I went from a minus 100 will-power to a plus 100 will-power. Everything was changing in such a great in awesome way. It was what I needed. I needed that time of mercy. But as God demonstrated his love for me, he also began to reveal the sources of my pain, the sources I could change. This was not easy but needed to be addressed.

It was a difficult task to stop smoking cigarettes. I had been smoking for 15 years, and it took 2 years to quite. I have been in those moments when I would be walking and begin to smell cigarette smoke. In the earlier days of my recovery, it smelled so good. But then something deep inside caused me to feel uncomfortable.

It would have been so easy to drive two blocks down the road and buy a pack of cigarettes. Would I heed the warning, or would I feel offended that someone was telling me that I shouldn’t do it?

If someone came to my house and set a pack of cigarettes in front of me, would I be offended? I may feel offended, but should I blame my conviction on the person who placed those cigarettes in front of me? Or should I take the matter to the Lord ready to learn what was being presented, something that was for my own good?

As children of God, we must learn to hear the conviction of God over the offense of another, or even the guilt of the devil. If we don’t know the difference, we are likely to blame people as we can be easily caught up in our flesh if we don’t attend to our spiritual well-being.

Today, if someone brought cigarettes into my home, I would ask them to put them in their pocket or in their purse, for the sake of the children. Although though those things make me feel uncomfortable, it is not the fault of our guest that I recieved that feeling. That feeling is a reminder from God of what those cigarettes represented – a lifetime of abuse and neglect covered up by substances to help dull the pain.

I don’t need those substances, because God is my substance. He is my everything. When I listen to those uncomfortable feelings and acknowledge them before God, I am more able to avoid the dangers of this life and live in prosperity.

This is what God wants for us: peace and prosperity. Ask God today what that looks like for you. Ask it with a sincere heart and respond accordingly, and you will never regret the outcome.

Go forth and be blessed my friend.