“We are still alive because the Lord’s faithful love never ends.”
Lamentations 3:22 ERV
I am going to be extremely transparent for a moment. The reason I am sharing this story is because I believe that people need to know the truth. The world that we physically live in is not the only dimension of existence. We hear the stories of people having out of body experiences after dying, only to be brought back to life with jaw dropping tales. But what if I told you that it’s all true. What if you yourself had one of these encounters, what would you do? Well that is exactly what happened to me in my early adult years. I want to share this testimony with others so they can know that there truly is more than just what we know here on this earth. We need to be aware so we can be ready. By ready, I mean have a real connection to Jesus before we die. Let’s chat about Earth is Not the Only World.
When I was younger I experimented with drugs a bit. In my mind back then I wasn’t doing anything too “hard” so I was okay. The truth is I was headed straight to hell I just didn’t know it then. It was a time in my life where I just decided I would try stuff just to kind of see what it was like to be on different things. I was so lost back then. One day I was hanging out with a couple of friends and one of them had something called salvia. It’s a drug that shouldn’t be but can be smoked for certain sedative effects. What’s worse is that this wasn’t a street drug. You could literally walk right into a smoke shop and pick the stuff up. What we didn’t know was that salvia can be deadly if too much is consumed. As my friends and I are sitting in their room, one of them lights up a huge “blunt” of the stuff. I watch them take a couple of puffs, then it’s my turn. I literally take two hits and that was it. I passed it back to them and suddenly I was thrusted into what I can only describe as the most bone chilling experience I have ever had!
As we are sitting there we all start laughing hysterically. While laughing with them I realize that things seem to be slowing down. The next thing I know is I can see my friends laughing but I can no longer hear them. As I’m staring at them trying to figure out what is happening, I notice that the room seems to be getting smaller. Wait, it’s not getting smaller, I’m getter taller? But I’m sitting down on the floor. I’m thinking what in the world is going on? That’s when it dawns on me that I can see myself sitting on the floor. I’m suddenly looking down at my friends and myself. Before I could think another thought, I was gone! I mean I was no longer in that room! But I have absolutely no idea where I was! All I see is white, there’s nothing else just white. Out of nowhere pictures pop up in front of me, I can tell they are some sort of pictures but I can’t see them. They are literally speeding by in front of me. Like a really long film reel, but moving at the speed of light. Next thing I know I dropped back down into my body on the floor in the room with my friends again. Wow, they’re still laughing. Oh my God!! Where did I just go? How much time has passed? I had no idea, all I knew is that I never felt worse!! I have never been more terrified, confused and just totally sickened to my core. I literally felt like I needed to vomit, as I got up I was completely sober. No more laughing, I couldn’t even talk to them. I knew that something very very wrong had just happened, and I didn’t know how to even begin to process it. It was the only time in my life that I cannot account for time. It just wasn’t there. As I said my friends were still laughing once I came back, so I don’t know how long I was gone. It was the scariest experience I have ever had. But the thing that startled me the most, is that even though I wasn’t in my body during that time period. I was still alive. I could still think and see. I knew that I existed but I wasn’t on this earth. Guys, my body was here, but my spirit was somewhere else, somewhere where time does not exist. No color, no time, no sound, just me. This means that when we die, we do still exist, we just don’t live here anymore!
Now you may be wondering why I am telling you all of this. It’s a pretty personal story, one that honestly I wasn’t sure about sharing. But I believe God wants to me tell this because he wants to open our eyes to the truth. The truth is that heaven and hell are real places. God created it all, just because we cannot see the other worlds doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Just like we can see the other planets in the galaxy but we do not reside there. Right now we live on earth in the body’s that God created for us to live in. They are conducive for where we live, on earth. But we have a spirit and a soul. They are only kept inside of our natural body’s because it is conducive. But it is not because they cannot exist elsewhere. And if our body’s die, then our spirit’s and souls go elsewhere to reside, heaven or hell. Our spirit and our soul is who we really are! That is why God is urging all of us to choose Jesus. To live a life of sacrifice with our natural body because he knows that this world is temporary. One day we will leave this earth, but we will still exist. When we die on earth our body only dies once. But when our souls dies in hell, it dies repeatedly forever. Where we go will depend on who we choose to live for while on this earth. We need to be aware of this so that we can be ready at all times. It wasn’t my time that day. Because God is faithful and loving he chose to let me live that day. But if I would not have been given another chance, I would be in hell right now!I thank God for allowing me to experience that, it really changed my life. I pray that it will help you too. Until our next chat, be blessed.
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““Don’t be afraid of people. They can kill the body, but they cannot kill the soul. The only one you should fear is God, the one who can send the body and the soul to be destroyed in hell.” Matthew 10:28 ERV https://www.bible.com/406/mat.10.28.erv
Have you ever run across someone’s post on social media and thought to yourself, ” wow I know this person and they are so not like that in real life”? You stare at the post knowing that what they are portraying themselves as is simply not true. You know it and you know that they know it. But all of their followers seem to go right along with the self created image of that person. But who are you to judge right? I mean who cares if we claim to be something we aren’t as long as everyone thinks we are who we claim to be. We must be doing something right, wrong! This just isn’t true. We will only be who we commit to becoming. If we choose to behave and think like the world then we will be of this world. If we choose to become like Christ, then we will think, behave and be like Christ. It doesn’t matter how much we pretend to be something, if we aren’t actually living out what we proclaim, we are lying to ourselves and others. There is no power in pretending, unless you are an actor for a living but I digress. If we want to shine the light of Christ and serve others well by sharing his teachings, we must follow those teachings ourselves. It does us no good to tell everyone else about the good news of Jesus while never actually applying that goodness to our own lives. We end up being a loud, broken voice that leads others to a live a better life but never living more abundantly ourselves. Simply putting on a show for everyone else to see, while we are ourselves a walking contradiction. So yes, share those scriptures. Talk about what God has done for you, but remember to DO what the scriptures say. Be sure you are also doing what God has asked of YOU to do in his word. Then when those who you share the word with see you, they will know that you live what you say. Let’s chat about Flirting With the Truth.
I chose this topic to discuss today because of revelation that the Lord has given to me recently. He showed me that there are many who are “seemingly” following after the teachings in his word. But the level of seriousness about actually applying his word is not as it should be. Many are flirting with the teachings of Jesus but they are not committed to walking them out in their daily living. Many make themselves “look like” they are interested in following the word of God but in reality they are not faithful to him or to his commands. They simply are entertained by what they read and they walk with others who do the same. Therefore, I felt led to chat about this flirtatious, pretentious, lukewarm, Christian-like behavior in hopes that we would learn about it and avoid it. Perhaps then we can help others to turn away from this mindset as well.
Flirtation– 1. a short period of casual experimentation with or interest in a particular idea or activity.
Flirting– behave as though attracted to or trying to attract someone, but for amusement rather than with serious intentions.
Pretentious – attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed.
WHO DO YOU LIVE TO PLEASE?
The definitions of those terms say it all, they really do speak for themselves. How many of us are running around posting scripture for amusement and show, rather than to actually be transformed by it. How often are we wasting time showing off what we have obtained and calling it a testimony rather than pride. How often are we bragging on the past glory experiences of God because we do not have the fruit to show from going from glory to glory with him. Trying to ride the wave of past supernatural encounters, healings, deliverance and blessings because we somehow stopped back at the last thing God performed in our lives. We keep aging but some of us are not maturing spiritually. It is time to let go of our infant-like performances to step up onto the mature stage of life. The one where we chase after Jesus like our lives depend on it because they do! No one that we tell about Jesus can actually save us, if we do not depend on him for ourselves, we will still be lost. Romans 2:7-16 says it best.
“7Some people live for God’s glory, for honor, and for life that cannot be destroyed. They live for those things by always continuing to do good. God will give eternal life to them. 8But others are selfish and refuse to follow truth. They follow evil. God will show his anger and punish them. 9He will give trouble and suffering to everyone who does evil—to the Jews first and also to those who are not Jews. 10But he will give glory, honor, and peace to everyone who does good—to the Jews first and also to those who are not Jews. 11God judges everyone the same. It doesn’t matter who they are.12People who have the law and those who have never heard of the law are all the same when they sin. People who don’t have the law and are sinners will be lost. And, in the same way, those who have the law and are sinners will be judged by the law. 13Hearing the law does not make people right with God. They will be right before him only if they always do what the law says.14Those who are not Jews don’t have the law. But when they naturally do what the law commands without even knowing the law, then they are their own law. This is true even though they don’t have the written law. 15They show that in their hearts they know what is right and wrong, the same as the law commands, and their consciences agree. Sometimes their thoughts tell them that they have done wrong, and this makes them guilty. And sometimes their thoughts tell them that they have done right, and this makes them not guilty.16All this will happen on the day when God will judge people’s secret thoughts through Jesus Christ. This is part of the Good News that I tell everyone.
God shows us in this scripture that we are to follow his teachings and to live for him with glory and honor. That is the only way we will be able to be saved ourselves no matter how much we think we are helping to guide others. We are to live for God’s glory and honor but doing what is good. It does not matter if we are Jews or not, or if we have heard the law or not. We are all to do good and to honor the Lord with our hearts and thoughts, not with our words. Showing what we know is useless, we will all be judged the same for our sin. If we choose to hear the word of God but still follow after our sinful selves, then we are no different than someone who does not know what the word of God says.
“17What about you? You say you are a Jew. You trust in the law and proudly claim to be close to God. 18You know what God wants you to do. And you know what is important, because you have learned the law. 19You think you are a guide for people who don’t know the right way, a light for those who are in the dark. 20You think you can show foolish people what is right. And you think you are a teacher for those who are just beginning to learn. You have the law, and so you think you know everything and have all truth. 21You teach others, so why don’t you teach yourself? You tell them not to steal, but you yourself steal. 22You say they must not commit adultery, but you yourself are guilty of that sin. You hate idols, but you steal them from their temples. 23You are so proud that you have God’s law, but you bring shame to God by breaking his law. 24As the Scriptures say, “People in other nations insult God because of you.”25If you follow the law, then your circumcision has meaning. But if you break the law, then it is as if you were never circumcised. 26Those who are not Jews are not circumcised. But if they do what the law says, it is as if they were circumcised. 27You have the written law and circumcision, but you break the law. So those who are not circumcised in their bodies, but still obey the law, will show that you are guilty.28You are not a true Jew if you are only a Jew in your physical body. True circumcision is not only on the outside of the body. 29A true Jew is one who is a Jew inside. True circumcision is done in the heart. It is done by the Spirit, not by the written law. And anyone who is circumcised in the heart by the Spirit gets praise from God, not from people.”
We are to seek after praise from God and not from man. We can choose to look like we are “circumcised” or cut apart from the world but our hearts and minds show the truth of who we are. What comes out of us flows from our hearts, no matter how we choose to dress ourselves up. We could never hide what is deep within us from God, pretending to be a child of God is not the same as choosing to live like it. So if we cannot follow the law to become right with God and it is his Spirit who helps us to be set apart from the world; how do we allow the Holy Spirit to change our hearts? We must simply ask him to. I have heard it many times before and I will reiterate it. The Holy Spirit is a gentleman, he will not impose himself upon you. If we want a true walk with Christ’s Spirit we must ask him to come in and to do a change in us. He is the one who changes our hearts by cutting away all that is not of Jesus. While changing our hearts, he also renews our minds.
“7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.”
“2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
So what does it look like to flirt with the word of God? What is it to pretend to be an enthusiastic Christian but to really be lukewarm? A perfect place for us to look is in Revelation 3:14-22.
“14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. 19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me 21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.””
Glory to God for giving us the ears to hear this message that Jesus so loving gave to us. No one, not even God enjoys Luke-warmness. All of us enjoy relationships that are full of balanced communication and love. We want to be connected with people who love us faithfully. We want from others what we ourselves should be to God. Not following after the nonsense of this world, not conforming to culture, and not wasting time on meaningless talk. We are to spread the love and gospel of Christ Jesus through faith with a pure heart.
“3 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer 4 or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith. 5 The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6 Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk. 7 They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.8 We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. 9 We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11 that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.
1 Timothy 1:3-8
May the God of all peace fill you his Holy Spirit of truth. I pray that he will give you the strength, disciple, self control and wisdom you need to steer clear of the useless precepts of this world. May God himself bless you with a transformed mind that catapults you into a faith filled devotion to him. Stay diligent in seeking his word for yourself so that you may be able to show yourself approved. Leave behind all who may try to hinder you from walking in wholeness with Christ. Thank you so much for taking time to join me in this discussion. If this post was a blessing to you please tap the like, follow, share and subscribe button so you won’t miss out on future posts. Until our next chat, be blessed.
“Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.”
Have you ever noticed how challenging it is to know when to let go of something or someone? It can be difficult to recognize the signs that something has run its course in our lives. We go throughout life connecting with people, places and things everywhere we go. Only to realize that we have taken on too much and eventually something or someone has to go. What we used to connect with ultimately becomes out of season and to grow we must shed the old to make room for the new. Not only is it a challenge to recognize when it is time to let go, but it can also be painful. The idea of giving up a relationship, friendship or a desire can be so discouraging. One does not always know how to handle such a task. Let’s say you are in love with someone that you have developed a committed relationship with. You’ve been dating this person for years and suddenly you realize that God is asking you to let this person go. But you had your hopes in marrying this individual. How would you deal with God asking something of you that you know is going to cause you and the person you love pain? These are the types of decisions that we are forced to make at times. When those times come they can be almost unbearable to deal with. But we have a God who cares about us more than we could even care for ourselves. He knows each of us inside and out and if he requests something of us, it is only for our good. No matter how we view what he has asked us to do, we must be willing to obey him for our own sake. Let’s chat about When it is Time to Let Go.
So how do we know when it is time to let go of something? There are signs in everything we do. This is because we are humans connected to a father who is spirit. God uses things in the earth to speak to our spirits. His Holy Spirit lives within us and he shows and tells us what God wants from us by revealing things to us. God is almighty, therefore he can operate in any way that he chooses to get a message across to us. So let’s take a look at some signs that it is time to let go:
You Feel it in Your Spirit – Sometimes you can just sense that it is time to give something up. You feel a stirring inside that you can’t explain or get rid of. No matter how hard you try to forget it, it just keeps coming back. That can be a sign that the Holy Spirit is trying to get your attention. He will continuously place the same thought in your mind, until you respond.
You Have to Give Yourself an Excuse to Not Let Go – If you can sense that it is time to release someone or something but you do not actually want to do it; you will almost certainly try to find a way out of doing so. You will tell yourself whatever it is that you need to hear to make yourself believe that it is okay to go against what you know to do. You will know you aren’t making the right decision so you try to find ways to pacify your decision. This is a telltale sign that you need to let go but are struggling to accept it.
You Go Back and Forth About it – You dwell on it. You consider the outcome and everything in between. You think about what it will be like from every angle and come up with the same conclusion every time. You must let go of what is no longer fitting in your life.
You Know That Not Letting Go is Hindering Your Growth – At some point we do eventually accept that we must let go of what is not growing with us. If we stall for too long in doing so, soon we start to fall backward a bit. We will know for sure that we are being hindered by what we are holding onto because it will cause us to become stagnant in that area of our lives. Stagnation is the killer of growth and success.
Fear of Not Finding Better – Sometimes we hold onto what we need to let go of for fear that won’t find something or someone better to replace it. But this is truly a lie from the enemy used to deceive us into keeping what is hindering us. We see it as a loss but God see’s it as a gain. He is asking us to let go of what is in our hands and to place it into his hands instead. What we don’t always see is that God is simply doing an exchange. When we hand to him what we are carrying, he hands to us what he is holding for us. So that what we released is simultaneously being exchanged for something better. We let go of what is in our hand to grab hold of what he was holding in his hand for us all along.
These are just a few simple signs that it is time to let go. Now lets take a look at the Bible and get a better understanding of this topic. I absolutely love the book of Ecclesiastes. Like Proverbs which is another favorite of mine, it is full of Godly wisdom and instruction. Ecclesiastes 3 gives us an excellent description of times and seasons and is perfect to study in relation to this discussion.
A Time for Everything
3 There is a right time for everything, and everything on earth will happen at the right time.
2 There is a time to be born and a time to die. There is a time to plant and a time to pull up plants. 3 There is a time to kill and a time to heal. There is a time to destroy and a time to build. 4 There is a time to cry and a time to laugh. There is a time to be sad and a time to dance with joy. 5 There is a time to throw weapons down and a time to pick them up.[a] There is a time to hug someone and a time to stop holding so tightly. 6 There is a time to look for something and a time to consider it lost. There is a time to keep things and a time to throw things away. 7 There is a time to tear cloth and a time to sew it. There is a time to be silent and a time to speak. 8 There is a time to love and a time to hate. There is a time for war and a time for peace.
God Controls His World
9 Do people really gain anything from their hard work? 10 I saw all the hard work God gave us to do. 11 God gave us the ability to think about his world,[b] but we can never completely understand everything he does. And yet, he does everything at just the right time.
The Bible clearly shows us that there is a time for everything and God is the one who controls his world. We can work hard and put in all the effort we want to. But ultimately it is the Lord who decides what will and will not be. He is the one who can see it all, knows it all and created it all. If we trust in his timing we can never go wrong. We will not always understand the timing of God. He reveals to us what we need to know as we need to know it. We are to use what he tells us to our advantage by obeying him so that we can always remain in alignment with his perfect timing. Otherwise we are out of order and position. That is when will start to see the signs that we are to let go of what is no longer working.
I encourage you to take some time to think about what God has been showing you about what you may need to let go of in your life. Evaluate your relationships, friendships, and desires and ask the Holy Spirit to show you where you need to let go in this season. I pray that this discussion was helpful to you. Be encouraged and know that if there is anything or anyone that you must let go of right now, it is okay because when you do, better will replace it. Please feel free to leave a comment, I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Be sure to follow, like, share and subscribe to get the future posts. Until our next chat, be blessed.