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Blogging For Jesus

I came across a quote the other day that really got me to thinking.

As a Christian blogger, you are a digital missionary.

I never thought about that before. But it is so true! As Christian bloggers, we have a duty to reach out to the lost. We have a duty to inform them of Christ’s love for us and what He sacrificed in order for us to find freedom.

For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved! But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in Him if they have never heard about Him? And how can they hear about them unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news?

Romans 10:13-15

Christian bloggers….we are blogging for Jesus! We should be wanting to see others come to know the Lord.  As bloggers we are the digital feet!

Does this mean we might offend someone? Unfortunately, yes.  But we still need to get the truth out there for the whole world to hear. We must not live in fear of offending someone.

Sometimes we will have to step out of our comfort zone in order to reach the lost. It will feel uneasy at first, we might be tempted to give up but if we just persevere, God will see us through the uneasiness.

We can’t live for the approval of men. Living for the approval of men will let us down. Living for the approval of men will most definitely disappoint us.

Living for the approval of people will keep you from living for the purposes of God.

Craig Groeschel

 

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Thought Provoking Quotes

Hey everyone! Here are some quotes I found thought provoking and thought I’d share with you!

Delayed obedience is still disobedience. Learn to say yes (to God) the first time!

Unknown

I don’t know who said this but it really spoke to me. We need to learn to listen to God the first time He speaks.

Don’t be a part-time Christian who demands a full-time God

Unknown

Again, I don’t know who said this but man did this quote speak to me! We can’t live a half-hearted life for Christ and expect anything out of it. We must live whole heartedly for Him. Always.

God is the only One who can take your mess and turn it into your message!

Chad Veach, Faith Forward Future

I just finished reading Chad Veach’s book Faith Forward Future and it had some really great points. I invite you to check the book out! It’s great!

He’s not only the Author and Finisher of my faith; He’s the God in the middle of my faith.

Chad Veach, Faith Forward Future

Knowing God is always with me is so comforting.

If you’re at peace with God, you’ll be at war with sin

Tommy Swindol

So true! And the opposite is true as well! If you’re at peace with sin then you’re at war with God.

Tommy is a friend of mine who pastors The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, TN.

God does not call you to obey so you can come to Christ. He calls you to come to Christ so you can obey

Tommy Swindol

 

If I’m wrong about God then I have wasted my life but if you’re wrong about God then you’ve wasted your eternity

Unknown

 

 

 

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Quotes and Verses

I have a tendency to write down quotes and verses that mean a lot to me. And once in awhile I will share them with you all. So I thought today I would do that.

A life that glorifies God is a life that reveals God

Beth Moore

I like this quote because it’s so true! We are called to glorify God in all that we say and do. And the more we do that, the more we reveal God!

Prayer is about aligning our heart’s preferences with God’s will.

Unknown

It’s so easy to just pray for me, me, me. To pray for what we want in life. Don’t get me wrong, it’s okay to pray for ourselves. But we must remember that God’s plan for our lives may not necessarily be what we plan for our lives. We must remember to align what we want with what God wants.

Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.

Psalm 119:37

It’s easy to put all of our attention on the things that really don’t matter. In the moment, they seem to matter. They seem to be the most important things but they’re not. We must remember to turn our attention on God and focus on what’s truly important.

Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.

Matthew 26:41

Temptation is an easy thing to fall into. BUT God is faithful and will help us!

1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

We must fight it and put all of our focus into following the Lord. But when we do fall into temptation, when we do give in to it, God will provide a way out.

 

What are some of your favorite quotes/Scriptures?

 

 

 

 

Why Do I Blog?

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I want this blog to succeed. I really do. I want others to read it and come to know Christ as their personal Savior.

 

Or do I? Am I really blogging for Christ? Or am I blogging for myself and my glory?

I’m trying too hard to be something I’m not. Lately, it seems I’m trying too hard to bring glory to myself and not to God. I’m doing it without even realizing it.

Well God got my attention.

In my devotions this morning, I came across this quote from Mark Batterson

If you aren’t willing to listen to EVERYTHING God has to say, you eventually won’t hear ANYTHING He has to say.

That really got me to thinking. Am I truly listening to God when it comes to this blog? Am I listening to His still, small voice and waiting for HIS guidance on how to run this blog? Or am I only listening to bits and pieces?

Well that won’t work. I can’t just listen to the bits and pieces. I must listen to EVERYTHING God has to say.

I also realize that if I truly want to be a successful blogger, I must be committed. I can’t be halfhearted. Do I truly want this? Is blogging something I really want to do? I must decide this. More importantly, is blogging something GOD wants me to do? THAT is the question I must answer.

With my chronic illness, however, there will be days I can’t get on here. Which is why I must start blogging as much as I can on days I’m feeling my best. I’m not exactly feeling my best today but I’m fighting through the pain and through the brain fog to get this post out. Don’t get me wrong….I’m not trying to use my illness as an excuse. I’m just being realistic.

Basically it comes down to this: WHY do I blog? Am I blogging for Christ? Or am I blogging for myself?

Why do YOU blog?

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On Trial

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*If you were on trial for being a Christian would there be enough evidence to convict you?*

 

I heard a variation of  this question years ago for the first time and it’s remained with me.

It always gets me to thinking about my relationship with God.

If I was arrested today for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict me?

Do people see Christ in me throughout my every day life or am I just going through the motions?

Matthew 7:21-23 says:

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

I don’t know about you but that passage has always frightened me. To have God turn to you and tell you He never knew you? Talk about scary!

I’m going to be raw here for a moment. Here is an excerpt from my prayer journal:

Am I living a life that pleases You, God? Or am I just trying to work my way into Heaven? I want to be a soul on fire for You! I want to glorify You in all I say and do.

Why is having a relationship with You so difficult for me sometimes? Why do I struggle with this?

Have I truly given my life to You? Is this Satan’s way of attacking me?

I long to live a life that glorifies God.  I want people to see me on the streets and think to themselves, “There’s something different about her.”

Satan definitely knows my weaknesses and is using them against me. I came across a great quote one day that helps me when I battle Satan like this:

There would be no inner battle if we were truly lost.

So on days like today when I’m “doubting my salvation”, I just read this quote and it reminds me that I AM saved. Satan is just trying his level best to make me believe otherwise.

Another quote I came across and I have hanging up in my room is this:

One of the key ways you can tell you’re saved is when your faith is continually leading you towards repentance and Jesus is continually bringing about change.

Matt Chandler

(I’m struggling with the putting words into sentences today (stupid Fibro fog) so if any of this sounds off, I’m sorry.)

Would there be enough evidence to convict you if you were arrested for being a Christian?

 

 

 

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Daily Exercise

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. 

James 4:7-8a

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 8:12

Are you walking with the Lord daily? Are you getting your exercise in? 

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What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do

On Sunday nights we are going through the book of James. We just started a couple of Sundays ago and I can tell it’s going to be a great study.

One thing I’m doing on the side to help me learn this book is reading a book by Dr. David Jeremiah called “What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do.” It’s a book on James and Jeremiah breaks up the book of James into different chapters on “What to do when…”

Chapters 1-3 deal with the first chapter of James.

It’s a really great book so far and here are some quotes that I have taken from it:

Genuine faith should make a genuine difference in the way a person lives. One’s creed should determine his conduct!

We are to persevere in our trials so that the work that God has begun in us may be brought to completion

Unless there is within us that which is above us, we will soon yield to that which is around us

We are saved by trusting in Christ but we are crowned when we are tested by fire and continue to love Him

Satan tempts us to bring out the bad. God tests us to bring out the good.

God may test you to strengthen your faith but He never tempts you to subvert your faith.

Always look to the Master’s face.

The struggle itself is proof that God is very close to us.  There would be no inner battle if we were truly lost.

We are not to passively examine the Word that is spoken but are to welcome it into our hearts with anticipation and excitement!

 

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Being Jesus Online

So yesterday in the mail I received some booklets I had requested from the Discovery Series on various topics. (They’re FREE!)

One of them was: Being Jesus Online, Biblical Wisdom for a Wired World.

The topics discussed in this particular booklet were:

  • What Would Jesus Tweet?
  • The Heart of the Matter
  • Turing on the Right Filters
  • Clicking Share

I’m just going to discuss a couple of them but this topic was very eye-opening and really made me think about the things I post online.

In “What Would Jesus Tweet”, the author shares his thoughts on whether Jesus would have a social media account in today’s age. What would He share? What would He tweet? How would He relate to His “friends” and “followers” and to those who disagreed with Him?

This thinking, in turn, led to thoughts about his own personal tweets, posts and comments. According to Dennis Moles, the author, “If Jesus is the ultimate revelation of God then shouldn’t His actions and attitudes serve as a guide and example for every area of my life–even my use of social media?”

In “Turning on the Right Filters” Moles makes a good point by saying that “not all moments that can be shared should be shared.”

As followers of Christ, we represent Him in everything we say and do…..and share online. Whether we remember it or not, “we are always representing Jesus.” Moles reminds us that just like the first disciples “we have been sent out into the world to spread God’s message of hope and life…..and “because the world sees our lives and doesn’t just hear our words it is our responsibility to think twice before hitting send.”

Moles goes on to say that representing Jesus in digital space is “difficult” “What may be common sense, self-evident, funny or helpful to us, may be frightening, rude, offensive, or confusing to someone else.”

This booklet was really helpful and really opened my eyes. If you want to check this one out and read up on other topics visit the Discovery Series site.

 

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Quotes

When I come across a quote from someone that really speaks to me, I write it down on an index card and either hang it up on my wall or file it in my quotes box that I have.

I thought I’d share some of these quotes with you.

“Either God’s Word keeps you from sin or sin keeps you from God’s Word.” Corrie ten Boom

“We can’t stop the Adversary from whispering in our ears but we can refuse to listen and we can definitely refuse to respond.”  Liz Curtis Higgs

“A Christian is held captive by anything that hinders the abundant and effective Spirit filled life God planned for him or her.”   Beth Moore

“We don’t have time to waste our days!”  Louie Giglio

“Because we are loved undeservedly, we need to love unreservedly in return.”  Stephen Black, blogger (@afracturedfaith)

“I want to love people with a heart of compassion and see and love people as Jesus does.” Masey McLain

“You are NOT what others think you are. You are what God KNOWS you are!” Shannon L Alder

“We need to STOP giving people excuses not to believe in God.” Francis Chan

“Our actions are seen by people but our motives are monitored by God.” Franklin Graham.

“Unless there is WITHIN us that which is ABOVE us, we will soon yield to that which is AROUND us.”  Unknown

“The future lies before you like a field of driven snow, Be careful how you tread it for every step will show.” Unknown.