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. 


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

Otto Warmbier, passed away…..Americans, be wise! πŸ’“

I know this news is not knew, but it is recent. My prayers go out to the family of this young man. πŸ‘

One of the things that disturbs me about American people traveling to other countries is that many times Americans travel with a lack of wisdom, about the location they are traveling to, that can get one hurt, or in this sad case, killed. 

What hurt this young mans testimony is:

1.) He tresspassed into a “staff-only” area of a 1,000 room Yanggakdo international hotel. 

2.) He was caught on film, stealing a propoganda poster, bearing the name Kim Jong-Il.

The poster reads; “Let’s arm ourselves strongly with Kim Jong Il patriotism.”

3.) His reason for stealing the poster was to take back a “trophy” for a US church (I’ve chosen to leave out some details because I’ve read his reason else where, and beyond taking the poster for a church, the rest of what is reported is slightly different from one news website to the next.) 

4.) North Korea is still under nominally Communist Rule.

5.) We just can’t go into other people’s homes and steal. 

There is a rule in traveling to someone else’s homeland that I have had to learn: “Wisdom“. Some of you may think this is insensitive…my apologies. But the truth of the matter is, when going into communist territory, there is a certain regard that has to be taken and respected. Politics are going to be prevalent. There is going to be a strong militant structure/culture, law is going to be more extreme, and human rights are going to be minimized. If this is the case for the citizens, why then would one traveling from the US, not consider that this could be the case for them? 

It should be standard to learn the law of someone else’s country and region before traveling to it. When committing a crime on foreign turf, one is subjected to the laws of that land… As should be expected. If you find the laws of that state/country, hard to NOT break, then you should probably not travel there. ( Giving Biblical permission for spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ…NO MATTER WHERE the location). 

In North Korea , harming or stealing items with the name or image of a North Korean leader is considered a very serious crime against the North Korean government. I would use Romans 13 as my source for obeying the laws of the land, but honestly…there are just some countries we have no business traveling to right now, as American people, unless it is for the cause of Christ. We need to use  wisdom in all things. 

Let’s just make this one thing clear. He was not doing anything that honored Jesus Christ. He was not asked to violate any commands of God. He was not being forced to denounce the Lord. He was stealing. He was under the authority of NK regime. He willingly traveled to that country.

(1 John 2:16)”For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”

I have a few questions, but one of them is…why wouldn’t he think of the fact that there would be cameras watching his every move, especially coming from the US? 

Due to the sensitivity of this story, there is a lot that I have left out that I was going to say. Turning my focus off of this young man for the moment….clearly understand the times that we are living in. 

I understand that as individuals, we want to experience life. Have stories to share. Sit at a coffee shop in Turkey and blog about it. The reality is, we want to travel to destinations, where we are not allies but rather enemies….at least, contentions run deeply and on camera leaders smile and shake hands, Where there is social unrest  (not speaking in terms of North Korea…but, anywhere), Where even the locals are trying to leave….just to proclaim how “cultured” and ecentric we are. We should not live in fear, but carefully.

(Proverbs 4:26) “Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.”

I’m sure this young man wanted a fulfilling life….one of success and that of adventure. When we choose to steal, sneak, lie and cover up, know immediately that those choices are not God’s way. Any path that leads in the opposite direction of Jesus Christ, sadly leads to death. This poor man. He made a bad choice unbeknownst to him, in the beginning, that it would lead to his death. I feel so hurt for his family and can’t imagine the pain that they are feeling and questions that they have, that may never be answered…such as; ” What were his last thoughts?” perhaps he thought of just being curled up in his bed, walking down his side walk, the family of his own that he never got to have. 

Experiencing life narrows down to simplicity, when we can see the end or when we are at, the end of it. Perhaps we need to enjoy the simplicities in life, to the point, that’s fulfilling enough. The troubles we could avoid, simply being thankful for the simple things.

I’m going to end this with a proverb:

(Proverbs 1:7) “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

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.❀

The love of Church members waxing cold; leaders falling asleep…

“If you leave the church because of people…then your eyes aren’t focused on God.”

Or something around those lines. I have heard this phrase more times than I should have. I studied that comment until it made my blood boil. I am just going to jump right into it, and say….”CHURCH, take responsibility and accountability  for your behaviour.” 

As I have told many before…church is supposed to be a place of refuge. A safe haven for the lost and the found. A place of rest and salvation. Most importantly where we Praise, Worship and give honor to the Lord Jesus Christ.

In the last days……(Matthew 24) v.12 “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 

Judgement will start in the House of the Lord, FIRST (1 Peter 4:17). Whenever leaders and members make that comment about ones focus being too much on people, instead of God…it causes me to fight for myself and for those whom have been labled as people whom are not focused on the Lord. Because the thing about it is….when your eyes are set and focused on God, He himself REVEALS a lot to you. You have no choice but truly see the people, the good and the bad. When our relationship with Jesus Christ flourishes, we become more discerning and aware. Some people don’t leave their churches because they backslid and have chosen to live in sin, some people leave because of the mess they see….that is not being corrected, from the pulpit to the congregation. There is a difference here. Churches will NEVER be perfect because it is full of humans, but when problems arise they have to be resolved immediately or an open door is left for our adversary, satan, to come in and destroy. 

The reasons why problems in the church do not always get fixed and occur in the first place, is because of a haughty spirit and pride. Both in which, will send even some of the very elect, to hell. Some members aren’t wanting to say sorry, because of the lack of humility, humbleness and love, and because of this, many members are failing to repent. 

A lot of church hurt occurs when churches avoid confrontation. The issue with the avoidance of sin in the church, is that a lot of casualties are created. Some leaders are not BIBLICALLY addressing members when an issue arises. You see some of them more on social media using Jesus in their public sarcasm towards other members and non-believers. 

(Mark 9:42) ” And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.”

The love of many shall wax cold….

Love is fading from some of the hearts of God’s own people, because there is a falling away from the faith of many Christians, happening, as prophesied in scripture.  

Some members are still showing up to services….and faithfully might I add, but their personal relationships with the Lord are nearly non-existent. Without the love of God being restored in the hearts of the members, there is going to be a lot of hurt, people leaving, and alot of blood on alot of hands. 

What I DO agree with in between the lines of the opening phrase, is keep your eyes open, but don’t allow the sins and shortcomings of human beings keep you out of church and fellowship with likeminded Christians. Don’t let anyone keep you from growing in Christ Jesus. Not everyone in the church behaves or lives crookedly. There are MANY faithful Christians. You must be discerning. As a Christian myself, I love people but I love Jesus more. My salvation is very personal. I don’t want to suffer on earth, just to end up in hell and suffer eternally. By all means, if you must leave a church because of issues, sins, apostasy, etc. that the church as a whole is not repentive of, then prayerfully do so, and trust in the Lord to find a new church for you. BUT DO NOT GIVE UP ON JESUS NOR CHURCH!!! This is YOUR SALVATION on the line. And He loved you so much He gave up His life.❀

Keep your thoughts on the Lord, but Pastors, Ministers, Evangelists, etc. Keep a watchful eye on the members of your congregations. Be accountable for what goes on in your house, because offenses cut deeply and wounds are hard to heal if they ever do. Some go septic and people perish. You don’t always know who is hanging on by a fiber. Love your members so much and members love eachother so much, that we are walking in the concern for other people in and out of the church…knowing exactly how to serve them. 

Keep in mind that we all have to answer to Jesus Christ on judgement day…one by one.

(Matthew 5:16) “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your father which is in Heaven.”

My terrible week long journey on FACEBOOK! Ugh!😷

I can handle real life in the form of real time conversation, even through personal blogs, but I am so utterly disgusted with the strange showcasing of this world, through quick paced social media. As if life is an event. In one week, I saw a married couple publicly curse out and demean one another online, More make plans for foreign travels…just to seem interesting…Which by the way…it really only counts when (A.) You actually get to use a passport and (B.) Not every picture is taken on a beach and holding a drink. Also we’ll throw (C.) in there…”Florida” only appeals to people whom have little culture….again….beach photos do not make you well traveled. If I hear one more person talk about Miami life, but really only know South Beach…I may start throwing coco. Insult after overloads of constant memes and “dings” from people I have not even thought about in years. OVERWHELMINGLY FAKE. 

Needless to say…I have once again, deleted my brand new FB page. I was going to continue on with it, but I started desiring the feeling to overshare unecessary information . No one needs to know how I stubbed my toe on the couch. No one should see pictures of sick relatives with tubes in their bodies. I don’t want to see page after page of newborn babies. Isn’t life valued anymore? I ran into information that I really did not want to know, and stress that I really didn’t need. That “People you may know” section that haunts your page, puts you in a zombie sort of state, where you are scrolling through pictures…one by one by one.  15 minutes later you are still scrolling. Enough was enough. One week felt like ages. I also strayed away from my passion, which is of course…writing. This is my element. It is challenging, but more mature. We don’t all agree on the same things all of the time, but there is a shared appreciation for each others time and healthy sharing. I thought perhaps FaceBook would boost my reading audience…….I’ve taken my chances and walked away. πŸ˜¬πŸ˜€πŸ‘

John 8:32 “The Truth” (What must I do to be saved?)

  Sin will set you back. One day passes while you are living outside of God’s will, and suddenly a year went by, and you have been taken off of your path….just that quickly. Guess who will be there when you decide that you want to live right? Not those friends whom sinned with you. Your living is going to become offensive to those living in darkness….even some of the very ones that you love. Choose life anyhow! One day we are ALL going to have to give an account of how we lived on earth, and even your closest and dearest loved ones cannot and will not defend and protect you. Not everyone is trying to follow Jesus right now…..but EVERYONE is going to be trying on the day of judgement. Then, it will be too late. 

(2 Corinthians 6:17) “Come out from among them….”

How can I be saved?