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There Is No Such Thing As “Spot Reduction”.

Just like many fitness experts claim that we cannot spot reduce through exercise, we cannot spot reduce in the things of God.

I hear and see a lot of women strive for becoming holy and baggage free for a husband, some are chasing after health, and others are chasing after financial stability. Even in things pertaining to the spirit : like love, joy , peace, etc; these things have become a quest. As I was walking home from picking up dinner today, I realize that we cannot spot reduce; we cannot pick and choose which area in our lives we are going to fix. When we have a relationship with God, when we are truly walking with him, he deals with us as a whole person. The more I fought and sought to change myself, the harder it was. Everything we need to be like God is in Christ. It is in the package of our Lord and Savior. It is not a self-help concept. The more I worked, the more tired I became. The more tired I became, the more frustrated I was with God, myself and with people.

Everything we need is in God. It is in talking to him and being close to him. The Holy Spirit does something in us, something we cannot see or pinpoint. It is in that, that we cannot brag or boast that we have it all together! Realization of sins and shortcomings isn’t so that we search scripture, apply principles, and get out of sin. It is to fall on our knees and confess our sins to our God, who loves us and wants us to be close to him and to others. It is total dependency on God. It is total honesty and transparency. When we spot reduce, we run the high risk of becoming self-absorbed and fatigued.

I realized that my love for God was choked out by the issues of life: natural and spiritual. I was focusing on the issues, my condition and my surroundings instead of just resting in God. I told God last night, “God, I am on a quest for true peace and joy”. I knew joy was something I had to step into, “but how?”, I wondered. Well, it’s not positive thinking. It’s not even shunning negative influences or stressors. It’s honestly knowing God! It’s being in his presence. It’s seeing God as a tangible being. When I say tangible, I mean real! We must believe he is truly real. We must believe that he truly loves and hears us. We must believe that his Holy Word is true! The Bible reveals God’s character to us , so we have a foundation when we approach him in prayer. This is what Jesus came to do for us. He came to show us the Father. He came to reveal to us who God truly is and what he is capable of doing in our lives. It truly is a process and a journey but it’s a process and a journey only God can define.

My quest for peace is in a father and daughter relationship with my creator. It’s as simple and easy as that. *smile*

 

 

Something I must share.

This is a random post. Random and unedited.

As a christian who struggles daily and fails daily, at times I wonder if I could have support from a church that loves and serves God in Spirit and truth. Sadly, I haven’t been to church in the last few years because their sermons and how they present themselves do not line up with the Word of God. I know no one is perfect, none of us are but we should not make light our sins, and the sins of the world. We should not laugh or joke about sin. We should not make references to sin. We should not celebrate sin. We should run from it at all cost. When we fall, we should find it in ourselves to get up and cling to Christ. We should also help each other to serve God better. We should do so in love. We should not be afraid to stand up for what is right. I’m so sick and tired of seeing wishy washy Christians. No, not the ones who struggle with sin but those that CONDONE sin. There is a big difference.

I learned the difference recently. I use to live in condemnation because I thought I was suppose to be perfect. However You can tell alot about a person based on what they say and their attitude. If anyone were to ask me, I’d admit that I am someone who struggles with doing the right thing. I struggle to read my bible and pray. I struggle because I focus on the wrong thing. I focus more on my works than on Jesus. This is my personal struggle. However, lately I’ve noticed that the body of christ justifies sin. There is no remorse, repentance nothing. It’s a free for all, all is right kind of church. We judge those who try to do the right thing and praise and exalt all who live in sin with joy.

I remember the day I got saved. I prayed to God because I knew that he was the source of all good. I knew his word to be true. I knew that I was fallen and sinful. I knew that my disobedience was because i didn’t have God in my life. I knew I needed him. To this day the struggle is REAL. Being a christian isn’t easy. We struggle with our flesh daily. Sometimes we fall. We go through dry seasons where we lack joy and peace. We cry. However, We TRY.

Being a christian isn’t about perfection it’s about repentance and grace. It’s about humility and love. I’m tired of the church. I’m tired of seeing the church condone what is wrong. Why are we so caught up with what the world thinks about us? Then I realized that the church is also full of sinners. The body of Christ is made up of believers but the building can house non-believers and the saved. We are known by our fruits. So, I decided never to argue about religion. When people curse you for believing in God, just bless them and go on your way. When they call you hypocrite, go on your way. Focus on Jesus not your sins. Focus on getting back up after a fall. Focus on love. Focus on forgiveness. Let God show you exactly what you should be doing with your skills and talents. Don’t let the church fool you. We have alot of false prophets floating around preaching a wishy-washy gospel. I love the life changing gospel of Christ. Christ who came to forgive and his spirit that exposes truth.

I apologize for my unedited ramble but I’m very sure the things I’ve seen was to bring me to my own repentance and to see the truth within myself. I don’t ever want to be the person who condones sin. I don’t ever want to glorify satan with my life. The struggle is real.

This is my prayer, the the church will rise up and stand for what is right in love. I pray for all my sisters and brothers in Christ who struggle daily with sin. I pray for Christians around the world who are persecuted because of their love for God. I pray for those who are seeking Jesus and that they may find him soon. I pray for those that are hurting, may you find peace in Jesus. I pray for myself, that my life and my struggles in the end give God the glory. Let my words and my life and my attitude align with the Word of God. In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

The struggle is real but God is in control.

A Psalm-2

 

A Psalm of Meari

My heart is screaming, oh Lord

I am afraid.

My enemies plot in secret

They hide their faces as they plan my demise.

They speak slanderous against me

they murder me with their tongue,

having no guilt in their heart.

They lay in wait for my folly,

to see my spirit weary is their prize.

I will put my trust in God,

He places within me a faith

that grows and blooms like flowers in spring time.

His hand is upon me and I am protected.

Just like Jerusalem a city without walls,

God is my fiery wall of protection.

If I keep my eyes on God,

He will not remove himself from me.

He will always protect those that love and honor him.

Above all, Jesus, my Christ

allow your Holy Spirit to enable me

to be more and more like you each day.

Help me to know your ways.

Help me to grow in the spirit and

produce godly actions with a pure and humble heart.

Let every hard trial be for my edification

and for glory unto your name,

forever.

Selah