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“Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday.” -The Impressive Clergyman from The Princess Bride (1987)

Recently I received an email from my mom that said,

Praying about your wife and keep asking the question in my spirit, “Why do you want to get married?” Sex?  Companionship?  Why?

My mom being someone who is a prophetic voice in my life, I definitely want to take this question seriously. It’s no secret that I want to be married and have a family, but why? What is my motivation? My friend Brian Williams once said

The two main questions young Christians always ask are ‘Who’s my wife/husband?’ and ‘What’s my calling or ministry?’

That’s so true of my generation! Process with me for second as I explore the reasons most Christians my age want to be married…

Sex

It’s no secret men are very sexually driven (yes, even Jesus-Loving men). I don’t know how many Christian men I’ve met that just want to get married and have sex so they’re no longer tempted with things like porn/masturbation, parties, thirsty girls, etc. It’s probably no surprise that I would say this, but that’s dumbest reason for marriage I’ve ever heard and it’s a complete lie from the Enemy. A marriage built on the rocky bed of lust will crumble!

In Matthew 5:28 Jesus said ,

But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.


How many people have you or I had sex with in our hearts? Men, if you’re dealing with a porn addiction or even just constant lust, take the time to address it in your heart. You can’t pull that into your relationship because it’s not fair to the other person, you and especially not fair to Jesus who paid for you to be free.

One thing God had to address with me this past summer was heart ties. In case any of you are wondering, no, I’m not a virgin. Because I’m not I needed to deal with the tie I had made to another person spiritually and physically. God not only took me to that relationship but others also that weren’t pure and/or emotional ties had been established in the past. I CAN’T STRESS HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS!!! Deal with all past hurts, betrayals, commitments, and relationships (casual or serious) before God prior to ever looking at being in a relationship aimed at marriage!

Finally, when you’ve had a sexual relationship and you are trying to keep your purity before the Lord it is easy to subliminally have sex as your motivation for marriage because your body craves that physical intimacy again. Check your motivation to be married with God and make sure that’s not the reason you desire it so much.

Sex will be wonderful in marriage and will be beautiful. Hopefully this doesn’t offend anyone, but think about this for a second… Man and woman come together in marriage and “make Love” they will soon produce a child. The product of making Love is a child, the beautiful essence of the two people that joined together. That child then holds and is raised into the best qualities of each person. How amazing is that?! Starting a family one day will be incredible!

Job 31:1,

“I made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust at a young woman.”

Family

For those of us that want a spouse and children, family can be a huge motivator for getting marriage. Is there anything wrong with that? No, I don’t think so. As a man that wants to be a father I am looking forward to the chance of getting to experience more of God’s heart. If you think about it, being a father is one of the greatest ways to be like God. Husbands get to Love their wives as Christ Loves the Church (Ephesians 5:22-33) and fathers get to Love and discipline their children as Father God Loves and disciplines us (Proverbs 3:11-12). What an honor!

We have to ask ourselves, what’s the rush? We tend to want to rush the blessings of God not realizing some blesses have to come in a certain order. What if God’s about to send you on a 2 year missions trip working in sex trade rehab in India, but you want kids? How would that work? You can’t raise children in that environment. We have to put His plan before our own. Hold to what it says in Jeremiah 29:11,

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Trust Him.

Ministry

I’ve heard it said that we should stay single until the point we can only better advance the Kingdom married. I would agree, but I’d add that sometimes marriage wouldn’t hinder Kingdom work but merely change the work you’re doing. I think the importance is knowing what season you’re in.

In my case, God’s got me in full-time ministry and full-time school. It would be great to have someone by my side partnering with me to accomplish the task the Lord’s given me. Think about this with me, the woman was taken from the side of man, the rib (Genesis 2:22). The rib protects the heart. I love the symbolism God setup. Man is complete when his woman is standing by his side guarding his heart (not behind him like many controlling men have made it seem). A man is typically more of a visionary and the woman more detail oriented. When the man fails the wife is there to help protect his heart and encourage him to keep going (not say “I told you so!”). So many times in ministry I’ve experienced attack from people, accusing spirits and even my own mind. I’ve failed time and time again. Often I wonder how it would be to have an encouraging wife by my side in those times.

Another thing is it would help to have a wife for her to talk to all the women in my ministry. There’s only so much a young, single male can do to help women.

So if this is a piece I need in ministry, it puts a healthy demand on God that He will supply in the right timing.

Companionship

Companionship can be a crutch. When we have been hurt we tend to look for comfort and where we find that comfort is wrong if it isn’t Jesus Christ (I’ll explain more in the next section). At the beginning of the last summer I was avoiding dealing with my hurt and instead daydreaming about how marriage could magically fix everything. Obviously God wasn’t going to let that slide so He asked me a question that really shook me back to reality:

How can you take care of someone else’s heart yet you haven’t taken care of your own?

That question hit me hard and made me realize the importance of taking care of my heart. How could I take care of my bride while being broken myself? There’s no way a relationship could be healthy like that.

Many of us (Christian women more so than men) tend to want companionship because we’re lonely. We want to have someone there with us and we’re so impatient in the meantime. And are we wrong??? When God created Adam He recognized it wasn’t good for Adam to be alone (Genesis 2:15-24). Even Paul said it was better to marry if that was a desire you have so you don’t fall into sin (1 Corinthians 7:1-7). What we have to realize is God isn’t just withholding something great for us and laughing, He’s preparing us. He’s letting us fall in Love with Him before we fall in Love with someone else. God wants us to be to be content in Him.

Marriage and Family Can Be A Idol (What?!!)

I know what you’re thinking, how can something God created and loves to bless be an idol? Simply put an idol is anything we place before God.

About a year ago I was riding on a bus back from visiting my best friend David Wade in NYC and I was staring out over the passing scenery of snow covered trees as we trekked across the length of Pennsylvania. At this point God had opened up my dream of traveling and getting to encourage different parts of the Body. I was seeing hearts come alive, bodies healed and the Love of Christ touch the lost, but I was hurting and lonely. As I looked out the window I began to tear up and I prayed,

God, I’m thankful You’ve allowed me to step into my dreams but I’m lonely. Please give me someone to travel with, a companion. I want my wife to be by my side.

God answered me with a question I’ll not soon forget…

What if I called you to never get married for My sake?

That question sent me into a whirlwind of emotions from distress to anger to panic and back to anger. I answered honestly saying,

Then I wouldn’t be able to be obedient.

He answered me simply,

Then marriage is an idol.

Wow… It truly blew my mind. Over the summer when I went through heart healing (Click Here to read my post on heart healing and this summer) God really worked through it with me. He revealed the secrets of my heart so secret I didn’t even realize they were there. See, at this point my relationship with my own family wasn’t that great and I felt like I wasn’t Loved. Therefore, I was wanting someone to Love me and to make a family so I would have that piece of my life. In other words, I was taking everything into my own hands and out of God’s.

Luckily He put a stop to that and I laid all my desires (filmmaking, preaching, family, FIRE) at the foot of the Cross this summer and told Him to only give me back what I was supposed to have. He got me to the point where I could wholeheartedly say I was okay never getting married and that’s when He gave it back. He brought contentment in knowing it’s all in His hands so I no longer have that pressure of making it happen.

Ask yourself if marriage is an idol in your life. If you can’t lay it down before God, chances are it is. As 1 John 5:21 says,

Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

What Is My Motivation?

So when it comes down to it, why do I want to get married? Sex isn’t my motivation. I can wait to have a family. Ministry work can happen without a wife. Right now I’m pretty content where I am at and as far as God’s revealed to me my heart is in a good place.

I want to be married because my hearts desire is to…

Our lives should ever be increasing into Christ-likeness and marriage reveals a side of Loving like Jesus that you can’t learn any other way. It’s not wrong to desire marriage as long as our desires are behind God’s desires.

How Can We Prepare For Marriage?

One place we Christians tend to drop the ball is preparing for what we are praying for. My friend Tim Walk preached a sermon about this once and it stuck with me. It’s one thing to PLAN to do something, it’s a whole other thing to PREPARE for it. Elijah had to prepare the alter before God rained FIRE (1 King 18:20-40). Prepare for your prayer to be answered. God isn’t going to give one of His beautiful daughters to a childish man and He’s not going to give one of His precious sons to a contentious woman.

  • SPIRITUALLY
    • Prepare your heart so you are whole and are able to care for another heart.
    • Deal with anything you know you struggle with before you are married. (Ex: poor relationship with God, lust, being quickly angered or annoyed, gluttony, envy, laziness, idols, etc.)
  • SOCIALLY
    • Ask yourself what habits need to die (Ex. not keeping a clean room/house, bad hygiene, low work ethic, overspending or careless spending, bad eating habits, etc.)
    • Ask yourself what habits need to be established (Ex. cleanliness, good hygiene, good work ethic, disciplined spending, eat healthy, etc.)
    • Men, step out and grow as leaders in your church, job, classroom, or anywhere else it is possible. Be a man. Be responsible.
  • PHYSICALLY
    • Prepare your body for your future spouse (Ex. work out, eat healthy, etc.)
  • FINANCIALLY
    • Prepare yourself to support another person (Ex. establish good credit, save money, start paying off any debt, work on getting several sources of income, etc.)
    • Men, be ready to treat your future bride like a princess before she’s your queen by saving up money to take her on nice dates and saving up for an engagement ring.
  • EMOTIONALLY
    • Prepare yourself emotionally to be able to tend to another person even when you don’t feel the best.
  • MENTALLY
    • Prepare yourself for the changes that come when you are married and are around another person consistently, sometimes even when you really don’t want to be.
    • Our reactions to different situations are typically pre-thought out. Prepare yourself to show grace even when you are hurt.

I know I am a 21 year old single male but wisdom is being able to observe and learn from the good and bad in every situation. I have observed many marriages and have talked to God about this quite a bit. Hopefully this helps all my single friends out there. If it did please leave me a comment and pass it on via Facebook and Twitter. Be blessed!

 

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To God Be All The Glory!

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THIS IS A RE-RELEASE OF AN UPDATE ON RECENT EVENTS THIS PAST SUMMER IN 2011 (HEALING AND RESURRECTION) IN COLUMBUS, OHIO. PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THE WHOLE THING.

The Question…

Ever wonder why people being raised from the dead is only something we read about in the Bible or hear about in a testimony from Heidi Baker’s ministry in Mozambique, Africa? Yeah, me too! And we’re not alone. God is waking this generation up to the fact that when Jesus said “Whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father (John 14:12),” He meant it. Our calling is to “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons (Matt. 10:80).”

Some of my friends and I at Ohio State have really been pressing into what it means to fulfill our calling and walk in the “greater works” that Jesus was talking about so we could see the greatest miracle of all, one soul coming into a Loving relationship with Jesus Christ. So we did what any normal college students would do on summer break, we started listening to the police scanner app on our phones and chasing ambulances to try to pray for people to be healed. Unfortunately, it didn’t go very well.

Just Your Normal Saturday…

On this particular Saturday a couple weeks ago my friend Sheria and I were headed to our friend (and my little Jesus sister) Saria’s graduation party. We stopped by the grocery store to get cards and when we came back to my car we realized I had locked my keys in my car. Sheria and I turned to one another and I said “Every time this has happened Jesus has been delaying me for some reason.” You might have read my blog from October about finding the OSU Prayer House that way (Click Here).

Sheria had recently renewed her AAA membership and had received a card saying it was good through July 2011, so we thought we’d call and be on our way in 15 minutes. When she called they quickly informed her that though they had sent her a card, it hadn’t gone through the computer properly and her membership had not been renewed.

Disappointed, we walked back to the house and we got in the car she had actually bought day, a 1987 Ford hatchback. First thing Sheria said when we got in the car was “I feel like Jesus is about to take us on an adventure.” I was feeling the same thing so we started praying, first that the car would start and second that the Holy Spirit would guide us where He wanted us.

Delay or Divine Appointment?

We were on our way down I-670 towards the airport because the party was at a hotel on Cassidy Rd. While we were talking we missed the Cassidy Rd exit… Then we missed the Steltzer Rd exit… Finally we got off on the third exit to back track to Cassidy. That’s when we pulled up on this at the intersection at Steltzer Rd…

Immediately we knew that this was why God had already delayed us an hour. The accident had just happened and if we had taken the Steltzer Rd exit we probably would have been involved. Two airport police were there at first and they started clearing the intersection completely and we were the last in line to get cleared. We were torn because we wanted to get out and pray for the people involved but the police were telling us to go. That’s when the rest of the emergency vehicles showed up and we were stuck. They then cleared a spot for us to go… but the car died.

It was very clear we were supposed to be here so we pushed our car off the road and began to scan the accident. Right away I spot my friend B*, a Christian rapper in Columbus and someone I went to school with. We had reconnected only two weeks prior, upon God’s leading to go to 13th Ave on campus one night to find a familiar face (a whole other story in itself). I texted him saying “Hey bro we’re here at the accident and we’re praying.” He seemed to be okay and was standing outside his van talking on the phone.

This Is It…

The other car was destroyed, pieces all over the intersection. There was a lady in the passengers seat and she moved around a little bit and then her head slumped down. My heart began to race a million miles per hour!  As we started to pray the medics got to her and started taking her vitals as the fire fighters started to cut into the car. Our hearts sank…

Now let me pause to say, we had been praying for opportunities to see the dead raised, but praying a naive prayer out of excitement and being prepared when the answer comes are two entirely different things! Sheria and I turned to each other and I said “This is it. This is what we’ve been praying for.” Standing about 20 feet from the wreckage we began to tell the body to live. Then the Holy Spirit told us to start telling the body to live. I even texted people to pray and put up a picture on Facebook explaining the situation. We knew the power of our God.

After what seemed like 15 minutes we saw the lady move under the sheet! The medics immediately uncovered her and rechecked her vitals, then put her in a neck brace. At that point she started talking and was able to tell them what happened. She ran the red light going 65mph and ran into B, who was going about 40-45mph, almost head on. They were then able to cut her out of the car with the jaws of life and get her into the ambulance.

The Wreckage…

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More of God’s Love…

It was now clear for us to go see B and a few friends of his got there at the same time to pray for him. He was a little battered, bruised and cut up. His arm looked broken because it was swollen up and really red. We circled him and prayed for healing. After that the Holy Spirit led us to pray for the lady in the ambulance again. They cleared the scene and that was it. B went to the hospital and they were surprised that after over 100 mph of impact he only needed a chiropractic adjustment. Praise God!

Sheria’s uncle picked us up and we got a new battery for her car. We finally made it to the party 3 1/2 hours late, yet we were one intersection away (about 30 seconds).

Here’s The Best Part…

So B got the accident report a week or so later and it is official, she was dead 1 minute and 20 seconds. The crazy part is that the time in the report is a second time she died, in the ambulance, at the same time God had told us to pray for her again. They had actually zipped her up in a body bag and she began to move! That’s my Jesus!

Later That Week…

Thursday of the week following the accident Teresa, Ricardo and I were at the OSU Prayer House watching Furious Love (an amazing documentary about God’s power moving in the darkest places on earth) when the Lord prompted us to go out on High St. Unfortunately Ricardo had to go home, so it was just Teresa and I walking down the street at 1:30am. We prayed for God to highlight someone to us and then we saw a man walking bare foot but holding his shoes about 100 yards ahead of us. That seemed like a pretty good sign we should ask him what was going on.

Once we got up to him we asked him why he was barefoot and he began to explain that he was homeless and had broken his leg 10 months before. He hadn’t had proper medical treatment so it never healed properly and he was in much pain. We asked him if we could pray for him since Jesus Loves to heal people and he said we could. And Jesus did! The pain left and he asked us to walk with him to put his shoes on. As we did we prayed more and his crooked leg straightened up and the limp started to disappear.

This Somalian man that had only been in the States for a year extended his hands without any prompting from us and in his broken accent said “Thank You Jesus!” It was so beautiful! I asked him if he had a relationship with Jesus and he went on to tell us that his people tell him to pray 5 times a day to God. I asked him if he was a muslim and he said he wasn’t anymore, he is going to pray to Jesus! We prayed for him a little longer for blessing and left him sitting there smiling and experiencing the Love of God.

What Does This Mean To You?

  • Firstly, if you Love Jesus with your full heart you serve one amazing God! And His Spirit, the same Spirit that rose Christ from the dead, LIVES IN YOU! Wow…
  • Second, Revelation 19:10 says “…the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” That means that when one testifies about something God has done, it applies and is possible in your life too. YOU can see the dead raised and the sick healed. In fact, it’s your mandate as a believer (Mark 16:15-18). One of the churches I shared this testimony with during service had a testimony a week later of an 8 year old boy who got killed in a car accident being raised after 20 minutes of being dead! (There were a total of 3 resurrections this past summer in Columbus, OH alone)
  • We must remember, the greatest miracle of all is one soul coming into a Loving relationship with Jesus. That’s our main purpose as disciples, to make disciples. We’re not here to chase miracles, signs and wonders. Cool thing is that miracles, signs and wonders chase us when we live a life fulfilling the Great Commission and calling on our lives.
  • Finally, God’s Love is always on time. That lady had no idea we were sent there to intercede against death twice. Think about that for a moment. She had no idea… How many times has God showed His Love in our lives, yet we didn’t see it because of our perspective, so we thought His Love wasn’t there? Look at the (former) Muslim… He had no idea the Creator of the Universe had set him up that night to be shown Love. That’s incredible! Jesus’ Love always meets us where we are, in our worst situations, and at the right time. Sometimes it’s hard to see, but be comforted in knowing it is there. Just ask him for a new perspective.
*We’ll call him B for Blessed to be alive and to protect him in this testimony. It’s important to make sure we steward testimonies and don’t let them exploit people.
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To God Be All The Glory!

Dear Chosen Generation,

I write to you out of deep conviction and a burning in my heart. Right now I’m up, unable to sleep and burdened with the brokeness of this generation. It is time for us to raise up and proclaim the Love of the Gospel boldly!

Let us ask ourselves…

Why are our priorities so messed up? How can we be angered by someone using the “N” word but not get angry about the 4,000 babies being killed every single day in the US? How do we not get angry about the genocide happening in Africa or our Christian brothers and sister being murdered for their faith in China? We got more upset when Lil Wayne got put in prison and we started campaigns saying “Free Weezy.” How about we start a fathers be fathers campaign?  That’d be something worth getting behind.

Why do we get more angry when someone insults our favorite team or politician, yet we see the name of Jesus blasphemed daily and don’t feel anything stir deep within us?  We wear cross necklaces as we lust and curse and sell our souls away to pleasure. Do we know how powerful a symbol the cross is?

Most of us probably don’t because of how much its been perverted and we don’t read our Bibles. Musicians, rappers, athletes, movie stars, and even some pastors are defaming the name of Jesus Christ and mocking His sacrifice by doing everything He hates and then accepting awards for it in His name. He doesn’t want their false glory. These people we make idols have made the cross into a symbol of hypocrisy, not sacrifice and Love.  Jesus didn’t die for us to be able to freely sin. He didn’t have chunks of His flesh torn out so you could look at porn or send naked pics of yourself to your boyfriend . He didn’t die so we could take part in the very things that drove nails through His wrists. I tell you, He didn’t die so that we could sit in a church and pretend. Really, He didn’t even die so we could accept Him and sit in a church. He especially didn’t die so that we could claim His name and then listen to someone like Lady Gaga that openly blasphemes Jesus, even releasing her song Judas right before Easter.

It’s time to repent…

Jesus was murdered as a sacrifice for the sins we’ve committed. He took God’s wrath so we could experience His Love. He saved us so we can lead others to safety. We aren’t to be confined to once a week worship, all week paganism. You and I have both taken His Love for granted. The Jesus I serve, the Jesus of the Bible, doesn’t just overlook sin. He let’s us pick. You cannot serve two masters. That’s what the Jesus said in Matthew 6:24. He let’s you choose. You either repent and He changes your heart or you continue to sin. If you choose sin, regardless of if you claim His name, you have chosen the wrath of God. True repentance is hating the sin you turn away from.

Now ask yourself…

Do you truly hate sin with everything in you and do you Love Jesus with your whole heart? Does your heart burn to see souls saved? Can you attend a concert, go to a sporting event, or even walk down the street without your heart breaking?

When we are passionately in Love with Him, that Love will burn in us for the lost. Ask God to make you hate sin. Ask Him how it makes Him feel to see one of His creations standing on the edge of Hell. Ask Him to break your heart for what breaks His. He will, but be warned you will no longer be able to use not knowing as an excuse. If we truly understand His heart and the reality of Hell, we won’t be able to not do anything.

Let’s be the generation that’s unafraid of presenting the Gospel with selfless abandon, praying without ceasing and walking in the authority of the Holy Spirit! We have been chosen for such a time as this!

Your brother in Jesus,

Ryan M. Rhodes

P.S. Please pass this on to all believers. The term Generation does not necessarily mean a certain age. It means the people alive in this hour. Thanks! Be blessed!

Jesus said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

-Mark 16:15-18

9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

-1 Peter 2:9

 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 

-Romans 8:28-31

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To God Be All The Glory!

I wrote this about a year ago while traveling and God pressed this upon my heart. This poem represents my path to Salvation and accepting the Grace offered through Jesus. Please let me know your thoughts. Be blessed!

This town is the cemetery of dreams past, birthing grounds of a new hope.
Tombstones, monuments to a dead revolution, shaken yet will not last.
I need it to be swept away, never to return.
I’ve been promised an awakening, but will it ever come?

He was savage, lustful, eyes filled with pain.
In that moment hate was declared for the impostor.
Who was this figure set before me?
I turned my back on the me I met in the darkest hour.

A gracious hand held the gavel of justice.
The angel of love wrapped her wings around a wounded soul.
The unworthy nomadic heart of a broken man.
Such grace comes with great guilt.

But hope breaks like the dawn, just in time.
Light is shed on the city, covering as Christ’s blood over His people.
The wellspring of life erupts from the catacombs of the decayed.
The new me hurts no more, as my guiltless soul rejoices.

Rebirth…

“To keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.  Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me.  But he said to me,“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” -2 Corinthians 12:7-10
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To God Be All The Glory!

Since I’ve really stepped out to be used by God I’ve had so many people, from teens to pastors that have been in ministry for decades, tell me they look up to me. That’s a crazy thought. Here I am a 20 year old college sophomore with many imperfections and I have people twice my age looking to me. It’s a honor really. But there’s something I want to make clear through being transparent:

  • I am a man.
  • I will fail you.
  • I am in no way perfect and have never claimed to be perfect.
  • I don’t always say the right things.
  • I make mistakes.
  • I still fall into sin and still need God’s grace.
  • I am weak.
  • I am impatient.
  • I don’t read the Word as much as I should.
  • I don’t always walk in Love.
  • I am not dependable.

Now you might be asking yourself why I would write a blog like this. First reason is I want to make sure that there is an understanding that in all of my accomplishments, giftings and visions are from God alone. All failures, sins, and let downs are from my failure to follow Jesus. Second reason is to provide Hope since there’s only one hope, Jesus:

  • He is God. (John 10:30, Colossians 2:9)
  • He won’t fail you. (Philippians 4:19, Deuteronomy 31:6)
  • He is perfect. (Psalms 16:2, Habakkuk 1:13)
  • He says the right things. (John 16:13, Acts 6:10)
  • He makes no mistakes. (Jeremiah 29:11, Psalms 139:14)
  • He shows Grace. (Ephesians 2:8-9, 2 Corinthians 12:9)
  • He is strong. (Psalms 46:1, Proverbs 18:10)
  • He is patient. (Psalms 86:15, 2 Peter 3:9)
  • He is the Word. (John 1:1, John 1:14)
  • He is Love. (1 John 4:8, John 3:16-18)
  • He is dependable. (I Corinthians 15:57, Matthew 11:28-30)

In good times, turn to Jesus. In bad times, turn to Jesus. He’s always there and His arms are open. He accepts you as you are and doesn’t base it on your past. Jesus Loves you. If you want to know more please let me know.

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To God Be All The Glory!