Confessions of an 8 year old….(Confessing Sins)

As my 8 year old confessed his sins…I braced myself. He tends to come clean about things I never expected….and even though he faces consequences, I let him know how proud I am of his honesty. There is a safety rule in my home for my son. [No Secrets!] The reason why?….”You’re not going to be honest with me….and I’m paying for your way in, LIFE?!” 

That is not the reasonπŸ˜‚ Β‘PERO, VERDAD! BUT, FOR REAL! Jajajajajajajajajaj

The reason why I named it a “safety rule”, is because , confessing our sins one to another, blesses us with forgiveness and spiritual freedom (James 5:16; 1 John 1:9). No, I don’t mean to a priest. I’m not Catholic. I’m Apostolic/Pentecostal. 

Satan takes joy in setting up temptations for us, watching us fall flat on our faces, and then being the accuser of us, once we fell into the sins HE , orchestrated. After we’ve done dirt, we then are too ashamed to face the Lord. If we allow the enemy to cause us to feel guilty, he can easily take our praise, our worship and wreck our prayer lives….which by the way, prayer for the believer and follower of Christ, gets us into direct contact with Jesus……if the enemy can take all of that away (because we give it to him)….he then, is able to disarm us of the weapons needed for spiritual warfare. I MOST CERTAINLY, teach this to my 8 year old. Vital information that he needs to know.

Holding on to sin, is such an unintended burden straight from hell. This is not God’s will. Before my baby told me all that he had to say…he was so scared. He was trembling and pacing back and fourth, as if he were going to be condemned. It took him a while to get his words out, and here is where my patience runs thin. I’m the kind of person where, if you need to say something….juuuuust say it. But I have to remeber that he’s 8, and getting through one sentence of a story, when it comes to a child, requires an {intermission} πŸ˜‘πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‘. 

So after he confessed. We talked. We glorified the Lord in scripture and prayer, and my son said to me: ” I feel so much better!! Is it normal that I just want to smile alot!?” I said: ” ABSOLUTELY! You feel God’s forgiveness and love! You feel freedom!” This is what Jesus wants….our honest confessions and repentance in exchange for His forgiveness and freedom through salvation in Jesus’ name. It was so beautiful how it all ended as compared to how it began. He initially felt fearful. That liar, the devil will always use the spirit of fear to try to keep us from the truth (2 Timothy 1:7). Something so dishonorable to the Lord…sin, when confessed and when we repent, He is so quick to forgive us and blot out our sins with His blood. 


HALLELUJAH!!!!!!!! 

I explained to my son, that the word of God is our weapon and is our way of eacape when we are faced with temptations. I said to him, we can say that we are Christians, but if we don’t study the word of God and live it, it doesn’t matter what we claim to be. He then gives me one of the most clear cut examples. He said;

“It’s like having a house, but having nothing in it…no windows, no roof, no doors, no furniture….”

That made me want to cry. I was so in awe of the Lord, all the more, because in the midst of something that could have gone wrong…His spirit was with us, and He was glorified…through the confession of sins. Praise God! πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

The Found: TAKE HEED! People of God slipping away, due to the laziness and comfort,of the church.Β 

(Romans 15:1) “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.”

Many of us have seen it…..the pews filled with beating hearts, excited to Praise and Worship the Lord, while others are thinking too hard about just being free in Jesus. Onlookers, curious. Newcomers waiting to see……

The church is full on Sunday. It is full of the redeemed, the babies in Christ, the well seasoned Christians, the lost and….

The heavy laden. The hopless, minds being attacked by satan, with the thoughts of suicide. Blood flowing with that last hit of heroine. Alcohol impaired attendance. And these are some of the people of God, whom have turned from righteousness, whom mask their pain and often get ignored. They aren’t the lost. They are, “The Found.”

What nerve we have, to be so comfortable in our churches, that our focus is only on the physical growth and body count of the building, but some of the members, are barely keeping their noses above water. We should take a close look at the congregation….a discerning look with our spiritual eyes. Look past the attendance, pay attention to the empty seat next to you which was once the place of a soul you no longer see…..

And ACTUALLY UTILIZE those census cards that you have people fill out with their information.

The church has gotten lazy and too hungry for popularity, that as long as people are coming in, then there is no need to check in. That’s wrong. That is Anti-Christ.

(I normally read from KJV)

Many in the church have narrowed down their encouragement, to the social cliques that they’ve created in the House of God, and mistakenly think this is where ministry starts and ends. Comfort leads to luke warmness, which leads to hell.

Many American churches especially, have fallen into a mode where, Sunday morning/evening we are “on fire for God”….and then we settle into our week, and mute out The voice of the Lord, and forget about our Fathers business, which is spreading “The Good News”. Our King has died for us! He carried our iniquities and sin on His Sinless back! We have NO RIGHT to live like we deserved ANY of His mercy. Yet, some of us give our time to those we ALWAYS see, rather than those beloved souls that we once saw, but somewhere down the line, their infirmities became a weight on their chests and stopped their hearts from beating.

Church, where are they? Who, are they? What are they struggling through? The blood of Jesus that washed your sins away…also washed away their sins.

(Mark 15:21) “And they compell one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear HisΒ cross.

Will we carry the cross of our Brothers and Sisters? Will our hearts be grieved over them? Our Passion for Jesus Christ is displayed through our love. The problem I see, does not lie in the fact that “getting involved” means feeling the hurt and dismay of a broken spirit. The problem, is people think the only feeling that we should feel, is good. How can we know how to love and comfort, if we don’t feel or know the pain that others feel? I am not saying to be unwise and handle people on your own….but this is the purpose of the church, as a whole, to be on one accord.

We can’t be so busy DOING church…that we aren’t BEING, the church. Our churches need to be fully charged with prayer, as prayer is our greatest weapon against our adversary, satan. We must also dedicate time at home to build up our relationships with Christ Jesus. We can’t help others if we can’t help ourselves.

As new members come in, remeber those members that have been there for a long time. Go visit your members whom are sick…because they need us. When God’s people are down in health, the enemy uses that vulnerability against people. Some start experiencing lonliness because they can’t make it out of the house, others feel hopeless and disconnected. GO TO THEM! Don’t forget about them. Take them food. Sit and talk. Read the Bible to or with them. Go and pray for them. Go up to people in the church, outside of your circle. Get to know your church. Stop being scared to ask questions. Believe it or not…most people don’t want to keep their pain to themselves. But a lot of people that we congregate with are made to feel like they don’t matter, that if they arent what is popular in the church at that moment, no one has time for them. Dangerous.

Don’t say to them, if they return to your churches; ” We’ve missed you! Where have you been?” Well if you really missed me and cared, then you would have kept in touch with me, then you would know.”

We have such a responsibility to one another, to protect, uplift, carry, raise up in prayer, encourage and physically be there when we can be.

Never make the selfish assumption, that just because you see members at church, that everything is okay.

Continue to pray for one another, as the day of our Lord draws near.

No more laziness…let’s get to work.❀

Men…”Character”…it matters to Women.

I have heard men make this statement:

“She chose, HIM? I look way better than he does.”

Do women care about looks? Of course we do…to an extent. A good hearted woman also cares about the character of a man. The next thing after being confident is being self-absorbed. There is no such thing as being “overly confident”. Either someone is insecure, confident or arrogant. 

In many cases, if a woman chooses, what you assume is a downgrade because it was not you…that is probably why she did not want you. It is often the issue of poor character. People want mutual respect….to know that they are supported in their dreams, loved, and a humble person, etc. You could be walking on one leg (nothing wrong with that) if you truly love that woman that you are with….she is yours and you are hers, and no man in her eyes,  is better than you. 

If you have to joke about why she is so swept off of her feet by this <supposed> “ugly man”…you may want to take some time alone and learn to loveπŸ’˜, <<you>>.  

Of course there are the opportunist women…the jezebels of our time, but that is for another day. 

Guys, keep your heads up. If she moved on, let her be happy. Question very little if possible, and you move on and be happy to. We are living on such borrowed time to be so hung up on relationships that did not work out. Take everything as a lesson for growth.  

(Proverbs 4:25) “Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.”

God Bless!

Marriage tranforms people into…exactly who they were before the vows.

Some men want women that are so “different” and eccentric…until they marry them, then they beg for that same woman to be a “traditional” wife. When they don’t get what they want (Surprise! Surprise!), they are running to the court house…or back to their Mommas home made cooking, crying that they should have married a woman. like. her 😐. 

Some women are the same…wanting that man who is easy on the eyes yet hard on the wallet.

 It seems unfair that I spent more time on the male shortcomings. πŸ˜€ Y’all already know we have our issues. From mild to severe and possibly documented in someones notepad…(I’m an advocate for getting help….really.πŸ’—

Being eccentric is often an awesome personality trait and we are all different. However, I find it so odd and amazing at the same time, how even when many stray away from the traditional family setting, we were literally designed by God to understand our roles as males and females. It is a part of our identities…our blueprints, so to speak. Even when liberal society tries to change it. When we begin to set up house and nest etc. We naturally fall into our positions, eventually. Some, effortlessly (those having the right intentions)…even a tatted up…dredlock wearing woman is going to want to have a hot meal ready and waiting for her gaged eared man, when he gets home from a long day. As women we want a strong, respectful, loving and supportive covering. Men want to protect and provide. Why try to change something so beautiful? 

We are who we are….but expect to live with what you chose. We don’t change who we are that easily, or at all.❀

(Genesis 2:22) “And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.