Who is He to you?

Have you ever spoken with someone about a subject and walked away feeling as though they pressed their opinion on you? This is particularly annoying when the topic of the conversation is heavily influenced by perspective or personal experience. Some things are just not up for debate. My faith is not debatable. My belief in Jesus as the way to salvation is not debatable. My gratitude for His life, death, and resurrection is not debatable. And to be fair…I won’t debate with you about your beliefs either.

I cannot allow myself to be so closed-minded to think that God presents Himself to each of us in exactly the same way. After all, we are each uniquely designed. Who am I to tell you how to express your love for God or for others? Who am I to tell you that you’re not serving Him well enough or to look down on you because you do/do not feel convicted to serve Him at all? Once upon a time, I didn’t know God. I had heard of Him, but had not truly experienced Him. He met me where I was and blanketed me with an indescribable love…a peace that I am still in awe of…a joy that no one in this world could ever take away.

It saddens me when I see people who claim to love God and follow His example get so caught up in the need to be right. Not a single one of us has all of the answers and the last thing we need to do is drive people away from Christ because we disagree with their understanding of the God that delivered them from darkness. I am not saying that we should not be witnesses of the Gospel, but I am saying that the person that you should question most is yourself. Who is He to YOU? Is He pleased with YOUR walk? Are YOUR steps aligned to His will or are YOUR motives self-seeking? Do you spend as much time in fellowship with Him as you do criticizing the spiritual positioning of others?

Food for thought…I hope that you all had a wonderful Easter!

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SBF

My Crucifixion…

Recycled post…fitting for today’s celebration.

Smiling By Faith

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”  -Galatians 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ. I have been crucified with Christ. I have been crucified with Christ. Wow. How have I not received this verse before now? It is true that the bible has something new for you every time you open it, I guess. Today, I cannot let go of this one. I have been crucified with Christ.

I died with Him. No, not physically. My sin…it died with Him on the Cross. My need to be right…dead. That nagging sense of entitlement…it no longer lives. Every mistake I’ve made in the past…it can’t live. This is so powerful. Do you understand…

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God Says I Am…

As a teacher at a public school in America, you have to be very careful about religious expressions at school. This used to worry me. It doesn’t anymore. I am blessed to be surrounded by God-serving, Jesus-loving students and colleagues. However, I am still mindful of what I say and do in the presence of my students and just like always, God still finds a way to show up and stir things up for us. Sometimes students come in and you just know that something is wrong. Today was one of those mornings. I had a student come in this morning in the worst of moods. It took a moment, but she finally opened up to me about some troubles that she’s having at home. It isn’t a first time for her, but it feels different to her because her parent said some mean not so nice things to her…things that most of us could allow to roll off of our backs, but that devastated my student mainly because she believed them. I tried to reassure her. I’m not certain that I was successful. So here I am…on my planning period doing all that I know to do. Praying and believing that God will remind her in His own way of how incredibly wonderful she is. While he works on that…I decided to post this forgotten blog post that seems to be right on time today.

The spirits of evil are so busy in this world and they thrive on doubt. They will use the people around you or the situations that you encounter to make you question absolutely everything…including yourself. Those who are strong in faith remember that in His Word, God has made us some promises about who we are. I found myself recalling some of those promises today and thought that I would share. As I sat at my desk and read each of the promises, I made sure to speak the words boldly, “I am…” followed by the promise made to me by God. As I did so, I felt something stirring within me. I cannot really describe the feeling, but it left me comforted, encouraged, and a little more determined to keep pressing.

God says that I Am/You Are…

…Blameless (I Corinthians 1:8).

…Chosen (Ephesians 1:4)

…Powerful (Ephesians 3:7).

…Blessed (Ephesians 1:3).

…Loved (Colossians 3:12).

…Delivered (Colossians 1:13).

…Faithful (Ephesians 1:1).

…Growing (Colossians 2:7).

…Victorious (Romans 8:37).

…Redeemed (Romans 8:1-2).

…Protected (John 10:28).

…Valuable (Psalm 139:14).

Remember who you are today, beautiful…and keep smiling.

🙂