Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Accountability and Influence

Good morning! This is my first time blogging on a bus. I just had something on my mind for a while now. Do you feel responsible for the way your actions influence others to think, feel and behave? I do. I realize that not everyone has the same convictions whenever I engage in day-to-day conversation. Take a moment to think of someone else and what you are doing to better or worsen their future (which is now, as they say, after all) with the things you are just doing for yourself. What means nothing to you could be life or death for someone else. Today, let's live intentionally and be responsible and accountable for our influence. The only time I ever care what people think of me negatively is when I am concerned their false belief will lead them astray. We have power to leave a positive impact and that should be one of our main focuses as believers, not controlling people but taking control over what we give the public to believe about ourselves. I'm not talking about image; I mean influence and taking each moment you can today and every day to make sure you are being that light and salt of the earth.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Who has the better job?

Work of the Lord and us, His children: Love

Qualifications, Requirements, Responsibilities
You have to have the love of Him in you in order to give it. If you love Him, you obey His statutes/commandments. Be led of the Spirit. To love is to abide, cover/protect/nurture, come in agreement with/unite/connect, forgive, cast out fear, train up and even chastise when necessary/appropriate. It also means you want the best for another and support them. You give your last piece of bread to them when they need it because you consider them over yourself. You are flexible in your plans in order to assist them. If you have an enemy and they say bad things about you, you don't get in their face, you turn and ignore and say a silent prayer for them. Even if someone doesn't ask you to do anything for them, you cheerfully anticipate the ways you can make the day a little brighter for someone else. Always giving, meaning you think nothing of a reward when making these voluntary gestures. Never critical but always honest. You sympathize. You empathize. No one is a stranger. You don't tempt or pressure or play games with someone in order to persuade or convince them (trick them) into doing something just to benefit you, especially something wrong. You are grateful for all you have and are comfortable congratulating others, never envying. You communicate openly (holding nothing back, harboring no resentment, listening), respectfully, often. Rejoice over righteousness and truth; there is no glory in wrongdoing. You stand firm through the thick and thin and hold true to Him and all you say you love. Know no limits. Conquer all. Fulfill promises. Build functional, lasting relationships. Show honor. Preach the gospel throughout the earth and make disciples. Visit inmates. Be welcoming and hospitable. Clothe the needy. Help and heal the sick. Promote peace. Speak life. Be an example and a pillar, as the light and salt of the earth. Take the time to be a friend. Give so[me]one a job...(LOL).

Salary & Benefits
 Know the Father. Value is given to what may have been shiny but was meaningless without love. Bring a brother (spiritual brother, or sister, not only your genetic family) to Christ. Experience true love, in its full capacity, not simply the worldly definition of what love is. Cover a multitude of sins.  Have a family. Have peace. Break strongholds. Grow in the faith. Resist the wiles of the devil. Have life and joy. Come out on top! Keep faith and hope. Gain true friends. Overcome evil with good. Experience miracles. Be rewarded by God. Be a better you. Be wise. Have strong foundations, the strongest. Assurance of salvation. Walk in the light. Be like Jesus. Gives a new meaning to forever. Teaches others how to love. Teaches others they can be loved. Freedom. Guidance. Trust and trustworthiness. Passion and purpose. Forgiveness (because you can't be forgiven unless you forgive). Grace. Beauty for ashes redemption and restoration. Fulfill promises. Share in glory. Fulfill the law. Defeat pain and suffering with power of holiness. Experience God's love and become instruments of His love to a lost and loveless world. Progress in the world but most of all, progress in the kingdom. Long life and daily needs met. Being loved back. They help confirm that our faith is not in vain. Confidence and answered prayer.

John 14:1-3
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

 More on benefits of love, excerpted from southsidebc.org:
  • ·         Do you have that assurance that the Spirit of God is dwelling within you?
  • ·         Does Christ feel at home in your heart?
  • ·         Is your communion with the Lord fruitful or fractured?
Do you realise that you can grieve the Holy Spirit of God? How? “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you with all malice. And be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Eph 4:31-32).

Conclusion:     Have you noticed that as we come to the end of this chapter that each member of the Triune Godhead is involved in your “love life?” You see, God the Father commands us to love one another, God the Son gave His life on the cross, the supreme example of love, and God the Holy Spirit lives within us to provide the love we need (Rom 5:5). To abide in love is to abide in God, and to abide in God is to abide in love. This is the secret of victorious Christian living! But is it the secret of your life?

Work of the Enemy: Steal. Kill. Destroy.

Qualifications, Requirements, Responsibilities
Rejoice in flesh/physical/worldly, rather than spirit. Sow seeds of doubt. Torture, tempt, torment and taunt. Be selfish, critical and backstabbing. Watch someone suffer and do nothing to help, in fact, be glad. Condemn. Broaden the road with generalizations and obscure, loosened standards. Choose favorites and put people against one another. Lie and deceive, including lies of omission (leaving stuff out, sugarcoating, white lies). Skew perspective of purpose, value & truth and lead people to bargain/compromise over what they should not. Never allow unity. Speak curses and doom. Spew hatred. Instill fear. Mislead. Feast on evil. Go into open doors and break things. Hunt and chase down prey. Create distractions. Cloud emotions and thoughts and judgments. Instigate. Turn the focus on self. Boast. Walk about like a roaring lion, seeking whom you may devour. Put others down/discourage and gossip. Cause mayhem and confusion. Oppress. Live wickedly, in darkness and death. Build strongholds. Rebel, sin, disobey, disrespect. Pint fingers and blame. Reinforce dread.


Salary & Benefits
Eternal damnation and separation from God


Now, we know love is the best work but is also a lot of work, so much that we can believe that the enemy often does a way better job with his agenda than we do ours but never more than God. For it is written, Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world. Let us be wise, not blame our spouses, children and workloads for our negligence. This is not a time to follow everyone else like you don't already know better. It's time to be there for your kids and families, time to make things right. It is the little things that make a person lose their footing. You can't be too tired to do right. You can't be doing right UNTIL so & so did you wrong. No, do right all the time! If we can't be real with our own selves about our actions, mistakes, attitudes and intentions, we can't do anything for anybody else. While we are all into our own selves, the enemy doesn't want to take just one person out...the devil would like nothing better than to tear down a whole family though losing that one person...that's his victory, not one lost soul but affecting all hose people that person influences because one person doing the right thing can influence everything to go the right way. Stop looking for excuses! Don't tell people right from wrong and then go and do wrong. You know better; do better! Let us keep hope. Without hope, what do we have? Do you feel like you and/or your family's in hell already? Are they and/or you dead, spiritually? If yes, even so, you all are not a lost cause. As long as a person has breath, they can receive that new beginning, this redemption most people don't fully understand about, the freedom many shrug off because they don't believe they need...I know I'm not perfect but I know I've met Jesus...in a real way, just only spiritually since we are still in this world...I did nothing special to have that...I had the same doubts and confusions as any human, but I knew what I knew and that was that He is real. They have to stay in your prayers and be exposed to real love and truth, outside of what they've been taught by the streets, society, media. See, it's the same Spirit (Holy Spirit) that captures all our hearts...if anyone can be saved, that means you all can.

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