Christianity, Personal Journey

What am I doing for Jesus?

Being a follower of The Lord Jesus Christ, or a Christian, is not an easy life. If you truly pick up your Cross and follow Him, you must die to yourself and leave the things of this world behind. When someone is Born Again there should be fruit as the Bible calls it, or radical transformation. The desires of their hearts will change along with what they do with their lives.

Sometimes the flesh rises up and old thinking habits return for us. I know in my life I have always struggled with comparing myself to others and always coming up short. I didn’t know any better then and it cost me years of disappointments. This is because we are not the same. Every human being was created by The Lord God Almighty for His own unique calling on their lives. When we come to Christ and receive The Holy Spirit, we are given gifts of The Holy Spirit and our lives show that we have The Holy Spirit, that we are Christ’s. The Bible calls the changes fruits. This is because we are like trees. Jesus is the Vine and we are the branches. Apart from Jesus, or The Vine, we can do nothing. However, once we are Baptized with water and with Fire, as anointed vessels or Disciples, we go forth and live out the full Gospel. So many churches aren’t teaching the full Gospel, but this is so important. This is how we live as Jesus’ Disciples.

Mark 16:16-18 (KJV)

16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.


I know even today when my old thinking patterns rise up, I begin to compare myself to my Brothers and Sisters in The Lord. I look at how amazing their service is for Jesus. I watch how much they do for Jesus and the great impact it has upon the world. Then I think to myself of how I fall so short. This is when The Holy Spirit of God ministers to me, reminding me that we are all different in The Body of Christ. Jesus is The Head and we are The Body. Some of us are operating on the front lines dealing mores o with the Public street preaching, handing out tracts, making YouTube Videos etc… Some of God’s Children may be working more behind the scenes interceding for others, the world, and whatever The Lord puts on their hearts. So even though not everyone is working out in the public eye, every ministry and the gifts are equally important within each Christian. In my case, I have felt terrible because I have been dealing with a lot of demonic oppression and I am still being delivered so I can’t get out much.  I am not well spiritually right now. I stay up late to deal with attacks and all.  My heart is burning to reach out to people to heal the sick for example. I see so many people hurting on just trips to the grocery or in restaurants or whatever. I see braces, Diabetic shoes, crutches, wheelchairs, so much. I know I have the Power of The Holy Spirit within me to help them as a willing vessel, but now is just not the time in my life for this.

I am right where Jesus wants me. My prayers touch the heart of God and Jesus my High Priest. I see them answered and sometimes so quickly It’s amazing. The lives of people are changed and wonderful things happen. God is Awesome. He does not want you to feel insignificant and certainly not unworthy. It’s not our righteousness. It’s The Righteousness of Jesus that covers us and we are saved by Grace through Faith and in Him alone. Not by works. When we serve the Lord with our gifts and callings, we are bearing fruit. We love others because Jesus LOVED and LOVES us! He loves you! He wants us to share that love! The Holy Spirit inside of us rises up in joy with the Love of Christ and we just HAVE to give it away! So you see, it’s all fruit, not works. We do things out of love, they just blossom. We do things led by The Holy Spirit. When Jesus touches you, you will never, ever be the same. Your life becomes a FIRE that will spread and light up the lives of others. So come on…shine with me!  🙂

Bible, Personal Journey

Bible verses about comparing yourself to others

via biblereasons.com

“One of the fastest ways of discouraging yourself and getting trapped by the sin of envy is when you compare yourself to others. God has a specific plan for you and you won’t accomplish that plan by looking at others. 

Count your blessings and not the blessings of someone else. Let God control your life and give Satan no opportunity to discourage you from the purpose God has for you. Know that all you need is Christ. Set your mind at peace by focusing on the Lord.”

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What does the Bible say?

(All in The King James Version)

 

Galatians 6:4-5

But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

For every man shall bear his own burden.

 

2 Corinthians 10:12

 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

 

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;

12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.

 

James 3:16

For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

 

Proverbs 14:30

A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.

 

1 Corinthians 3:3

 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

 

Romans 12:2

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 

1 John 2:15

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

 

Philippians 2:3

Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

 

Galatians 1:10

 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

 

Isaiah 2:22

Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of ?

 

Mark 12:30

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

 

Psalm 37:5

 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

 

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

 

1 Timothy 6:6-8

But godliness with contentment is great gain.

For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

 

Psalm 23:1

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

 

Psalm 136:1-2

136 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.

 

2 Corinthians 10:17

But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

 

1 Corinthians 11:1

Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

 

Psalm 138:8

The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.

2 Corinthians 13:5

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

 

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

 

Psalm 139:14

 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

 

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blogging, change, Faith, Mental Health, Personal Journey

A sharp sting and dull ache at the same time.

Earlier today, while looking through the guest bedroom, I happened to glance up at an old, framed family photo. A thousand memories flooded my mind. The contrast between everything I know today…and who and where we were back then…is just jaw-dropping. Oh, how everything has changed. I’ve heard that my whole life, but this morning it really sunk in.

Of course, people change throughout their lives, one stage to the next. A sharp sting and a dull ache at the same time. The troubles we knew then were nothing compared to the ones to come. Gazing at myself in the picture, my tiny 16 year old body…frail inside and out, I recalled all I was dealing with at the time in high school. Rejection. Bulimia. Becoming a Christian. The successes in extracurricular activities. My broken heart. Comparison, comparison. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be a teenager attending public school in today’s world…

Now, here I sit a strong woman of God. I’m no different than any other Christian, just trying to live the rest of my days faithful to Jesus, to God. My heart goes out to that confused and broken girl. In the end it was all in my head. Yes, I had some real issues to be tended to, but so much deception by the enemy himself as I chose Jesus. I didn’t know about spiritual warfare. At least not how real it really is.

Choosing Jesus is the best thing you could ever do. People won’t always understand why you’ve changed…how you changed. Your lifestyle, goals, worldview. Following Jesus means walking the straight & narrow road, traveled by few. Sometimes you feel alone, especially if you have no support at home. But you see, in this wilderness...you are transformed. In what seems to be the darkness, something beautiful happens. You find out who you are. That you were made for more. You are a Child of God.

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America, God, Women, Work

The Cure For Envy

Liz Curtis Higgs by  LIZ CURTIS HIGGS

“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” Proverbs 14:30 (NIV)

I was a member of a professional association for just two weeks when I attended their national convention. Since my name badge didn’t sport a single special ribbon, people barely glanced at me.

Alone in my hotel room, I ended each day in tears, feeling inadequate and overwhelmed. I told myself I wasn’t envious. Simply, uh … discouraged.

Years passed, and doors began to swing open. Ribbons dangled from my name badge, and people smiled in my direction.

Soon I found myself dealing with a new set of feelings. How come she’s moving ahead faster than I am, Lord? Why did they honor her instead of me? I wasn’t jealous, of course. Merely, uh … competitive.

The awful truth revealed itself one rainy morning when I received an announcement from a colleague who’d been blessed with an opportunity I was convinced should have been mine. I tossed her letter across the room in an angry huff. “It’s not fair, Lord!”

His response was swift. “Have I called you to succeed or to surrender, Liz?”

Clearly, jealousy and envy were alive and well in my jade-green heart. When I reached out to my writing and speaking sisters — women who love and serve the Lord — I discovered they, too, wrestled with this issue. One said, “I understand competition in the secular marketplace. But I grieve over it in the body of Christ. What are we doing, setting one person’s work above another, if not absorbing the world’s way of doing things?”

Her words echo the Apostle Paul’s: ” … For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?” (1 Corinthians 3:3b, NIV). Sadly, we are.

Today’s verse reminds us that envy takes a toll: “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones” (Proverbs 14:30). For all of us who struggle, here’s the way out:

Confess. Healing begins when we acknowledge that envy is a sin: “But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth” (James 3:14, NIV). Humble admission is the single best antidote for prideful ambition.

Avoid comparison. Consider the words of Jesus, when Peter fretted over John’s place in Jesus’ ministry, and asked, “‘Lord, what about him?’ Jesus answered, ‘ … what is that to you? You must follow me’” (John 21:21b, 22b, NIV).

Rejoice. Feeling overlooked? Look up and celebrate with others. Send an email or text on the spot, and chase away those negative feelings. “Rejoice with those who rejoice” (Romans 12:15a, NIV).

Be patient. Many a career or ministry has collapsed under too much, too soon. Embrace the tasks you’ve been given, rather than longing for something bigger, better or faster. Success isn’t money or fame — it’s love for one another. By definition, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud” (1 Corinthians 13:4, NIV).

Befriend your rival. As one of our sisters explained, “A woman was brought in on a fast track executive management program at my corporation. At our first meeting, I thought, ‘Well, here’s my rival.’ Then I heard God say, ‘She is smart, energetic and sharp — just like you. You could become best buddies.’” And, they did.

Count the cost. Behind every successful woman is a host of sacrifices we never see. The truth? We’re seldom jealous of all the work a person does — just the outcome. Whether building a tower or building a career, the Bible cautions us, ” … Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money” — or time or energy — “to complete it” (Luke 14:28b, NIV).

Lean on the Lord. He stands ready, willing and able to overcome our weaknesses through the power of His Spirit. “Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always” (1 Chronicles 16:11, NIV).

Heavenly Father, we know envy and jealousy are no match for Your mercy and grace. Forgive us when we grumble over how You bless others, and help us be grateful for all the ways You have kindly blessed us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Romans 12:10, “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” (NIV)

1 Peter 5:6, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” (NIV)

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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
If you’ve ever succumbed to envy or jealousy, now’s the time to confess the truth and experience genuine success: rejoicing with others, as you trust God’s timing.

Of the seven steps above, which one are you ready to take today?

© 2015 by Liz Curtis Higgs. All rights reserved.

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Bipolar Disorder, dating, Depression, Eating Disorders, Inspirational, Love, Marriage, Personal Journey, relationships, Romance, self esteem

3 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Was Single

"Loneliness isn't fixed by surrounding yourself with more people." Lysa TerKeurst // www.incourage.me

Here I have shared the image & exact article by author Lysa TerKeurst via her blog. I only copied and pasted because I know that not everyone clicks on these links, and I really think you just might find this beneficial…comforting…enlightening!

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So here we go…


I remember the hardest day of the week for me when I was single was Sunday. Specifically Sunday right after church.

Many of my other single friends would have plans with their families that day, but not me. My family lived 9 hours away.

So, I’d walk through the parking lot watching young moms ooh and ahh over Sunday school artwork and I’d think, “Their lives seem so blissfully full.

I’d walk past an older couple holding hands and think, “They are so lucky to have such an easy, breezy life.

I’d walk past a gal walking arm in arm with her boyfriend and think, “She is so fortunate to feel loved.

And then I’d get in my car and decide happiness, fulfillment, and contentment were something to hope for in the future, when I found the life I desperately wanted.

Boy, do I wish I could go sit in that car beside my single self and tell her some life-giving truths I now know.

1. Loneliness isn’t fixed by surrounding yourself with more people.

Sure, having people to go grab lunch with after church is great. And having the built-in companionship of your own family is wonderful. But it hasn’t fixed my struggles with loneliness like I thought it would.

Some of the loneliest women I know wear wedding rings.

I had to learn to enjoy life without being dependent on someone else to create the fun for me. That way I could bring the fun. I could bring the interesting conversation starters. And I could start to better discern the kinds of people who would get me.

What are those things you truly love spending time doing, creating, or researching? Invest your lonely moments there. Create life-giving experiences around your unique passions. After all, people are attracted to others who are full of life.

2. Learn from the pitfalls in friendships.

If only I would have dared to really look, I could have seen patterns of pitfalls in my relationships. Some of the same relationship struggles I had in my single friendships quickly popped up in my marriage.

Being a little more self-aware of how I contributed to frustrations in friendships would have helped me work on having a healthier marriage even before I met my husband.

I could have learned valuable self-improvements like taming my spontaneity a tad, remembering that not everyone likes to talk before the sun comes up, and working to not interpret everything with way more emotion than necessary. Just to name a few.

I absolutely would have encouraged my single self to make good use of those hard friendship moments by learning — really learning — from them.

3. Stop expecting perfection.

All those people I was watching those Sunday afternoons weren’t living perfect lives. They were having a moment of perfection in the midst of very imperfect relationships.

None of those moms were perfect moms. None of those couples were perfect couples. None of those families were perfect families.

I obviously know this with my head. But sometimes my heart gets tripped up looking for perfection and missing what’s really good.

Single self, realize perfection doesn’t exist on this side of eternity, and it’s exhausting to chase something that doesn’t exist.

So, look at relationships through the lens of grace. Instead of asking, “Is this the perfect relationship I’ve dreamed about?” ask, “Is this a person with whom I can both give and receive grace?”

Sundays are no longer the hardest days of the week for me. But it wasn’t because I got married and had kids.

It’s because I finally learned how to bring the joy I wanted to experience, became a healthier version of me, and stopped chasing perfection.


Hope this article leaves you with some insight.

Remember, you are not alone this Valentine’s Day…God bless.

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When I Wanna Be Somebody else…

When I wanna be somebody else sometimes, thinking there are far bigger and better things than what I do, I listen to my heart. I was created in this particular way for the particular things I do. It is truly the work of Satan that tries to distract me, make me look away at what others are doing. Some of us drive luxury cars. Some of us are Buy-Here-Pay-Here people.  Some women wear designer brands while some shop bargains. We are told how to look, what kind of wife or girlfriend we are, and what success really is…all by the media & society. There are many 4 letter words in this crazy world, but Love is the only one that changes everything, holding truth, holding future.

We are all created unique for what God has called us to do on an individual level for His Great Plan, called Life. Its difficult and can be really upsetting and confusing. Our faith is really tried in this chaotic world. Let us remember who we are, embrace our personal talents, and instead of covet…just love it.

I love this quote below:

“Remember: Satan is a cruel manipulator. He desires for God’s girls to get ensnared and distracted by competing and comparing. The more we look around and jockey for a position that’s better than the girl standing next to us, the less we remember God’s assignment for us. And that’s exactly what the enemy wants.

Our calling is never to “one up” the next girl. It is to raise up the name of Jesus and live His truths in an authentic way.”Lysa TerKeurst