Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Staying Focused on God

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Something I have been pondering...

There are times when I will worry about if I said something wrong, or if I did something wrong or if I offended someone to the point where I will be stressed about it all week. I focus so much on what people think about what I do or say, I take my focus off of one who is most important – God. I have let the enemy distract me with myself and my insecurities and doubts and have ignored the fact that I need to surrender everything into his hands. I need to let Him be in control. And when I am so focused on myself, I set my faith and trust aside that when I step into the water I am not walking with Him but sinking into the depths of the murky water just as Peter did in Matthew 14: 25 – 31

Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.
When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

So, why do we doubt Him? Why is it so hard for us to stay focused on Him instead of all those minute events that take place daily in our lives?

It is because of our human sinful nature that we focus on ourselves. Satan wants us to be distracted. He wants us to be at odds with one another. He wants us to doubt, to fear, to question, to judge, to condemn - anything that is opposite of what God wants. He wants to thwart God’s plans for humanity. The enemy wants us to focus on anything but God. He doesn’t want us to love each other, help each other, or forgive each other. The enemy wants hatred, bitterness, anger, doubts and fear to harbor in our hearts instead of faith, trust and love. If we were to simply just lay all those trivial daily events in our lives into our Lord’s hands, let him handle and take care of everything and simply leap out into the waters with blinding love, faith and trust we CAN walk in the waters with Him through the storm.

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for loving us. Thank you for reaching out to us despite our waves of doubts and fears. As we go about our daily lives, help us to stay focus on You. Help us to surrender all our troubles and worries to You and rest it all in Your hands. Help us to grow closer to You and develop a stronger relationship with You. And just as You love us, help us to love, encourage, lift up and support one another despite all of our differences, offenses or acts. May Your love shine through each and every one of us.
I ask this in Jesus name.
Amen.

God Bless,

Carol

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

God's Precious Gift


As I am looking around at all the hustle and bustle this Christmas, I think to myself, I hate what Christmas has become. I hate being out amongst all of this worldly, mad-dashing chaos. Why do I hate it so much? I find no comfort in it, but I do find comfort in God’s Word and the true meaning behind Christmas. We get it driven into our heads to believe that Christmas is about the flamboyant light shows, the man dressed up in the red suit or the amount of presents we receive. When the true meaning of Christmas is really about a miraculous birth that happened over 2000 years ago.

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”
Luke 2: 10-11


On a starlit night, a brilliant star shone brightly within the night sky leading people to a magnanimous humble birth, a babe who was wrapped in swaddling clothes laying in a manger, a babe to be named Jesus. A representation of one Most High. God born of flesh. A Savior who has come into this world to save us from our sins, to save those who are lost and who do not know Him.

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Luke 19:10

God loved us so much, He gave His only begotten Son to save wretches like you and me. People who have fallen into despair, people who have abused drugs, people who have committed adultery, people who have stolen, people who have lied, people who have been unkind to others, people who have been greedy, the list goes on and on. All people, no matter what race and no matter what sins they may have committed, He came into this world to save us all because He loves us all.

 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16

It is this precious gift, that I treasure the most above all gifts. No other gift can compare than the precious gift of salvation. And it is this precious gift that our Father in heaven gave us because He loved us so much.

This Christmas, my prayer is that those who do not know Him, may come to know Him and are born again. That those who are lost, may seek Jesus and accept Him as their Savior who died on the cross for their sins. That those who do not know the true meaning of Christmas may come to learn exactly the true meaning of a babe born over 2000 years ago, a babe named Jesus. The Son of the Most High. Emmanuel.

Heavenly Father,
Thank you so much for Your precious gift that you gave to us all, The gift of salvation. Thank you for your unfailing neverending love, mercy and grace. By Your will Lord, I ask that you help those who are lost to seek you this Christmas; to help those who are sitting in the darkness, alone, empty, and never satisfied to seek You and to be filled with Your love and hope this Christmas.
This I ask in Jesus Name.
Amen.

God Bless,

Carol Moore

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Wiping Dirty Corrupted Records Clean

A Christian thought to ponder…

What if Christians just viewed each other’s past records as wiped clean, embraced and loved one another the way Jesus’ did.

Acts 3:19  “Repent, therefore, and reform your lives, so that the record of your sins may be cancelled, and that there may come seasons of revival from the Lord…”

Each of us has a record of our own life known before God even created us. Some of us have clean records, some of us not so clean and some of us have dirty corrupted records. Where does your lie? Mine lies in the middle between not so clean and dirty side. I am not perfect and truly I don’t deserve any kind of forgiveness for I have lied, stolen, envied, worshipped idols, followed other religions, broken hearts, and ruined lives and so on and so on. I have failed God in so many ways since I knew right from wrong, and I continue to fail Him. I strayed from God, I ranned from God, and I disappointed God. God knew I needed a reboot and my system wiped cleaned before I even dropped to my knees.



Because of those dirty corrupted records, I often think how or why would God ever want me to serve Him. I am so unworthy, but I know, that He loves me and forgives me. So how can one get past that feeling of unworthiness and not let the enemy cloud our hearts and minds with fears, doubts, sadness, regret and bitterness?  Keep focusing on God, grow in your relationship with Him by praying to Him and reading His word every day. People in this world may hate and despise you, but if you demonstrate to them and the world just exactly the way Jesus wants you to live with love, kindness and forgiveness just maybe you might lead others to Christ and you might lead others closer to Christ.  For it says in Ephesians 4:32 that we are to “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”  It is difficult when you don’t see those same Christ-like qualities (and I am so guilty of this as well) within  the Christian community. Instead, you are more apt to get cold deathly stares or an icy cold shoulder from other Christians that are quick to condemn you or ostracize you because of those past records.  And we who are the fallen and broken, let those past records and those non-Christ-like characteristics we encounter hinder us from achieving God’s goals or hinder us from helping God complete His work. Instead, we begin to focus on ourselves and how people dislike us, hate us and how much of a disappointment we are to God and others. We let the enemy take out the joy of realizing that those marred black-stained corrupted records have been wiped clean. We have a clean new record. We have been born again! Hallelujah!!! Begin focusing on God and His plans not the plans of the enemy who wants to prevent people from drawing closer to God. We cannot erase those dirty corrupted records on our own. Only Jesus can erase those records that mar our lives.  Jesus died on the cross to save us from those darkly blotted records. Seek Jesus, repent and ask him to forgive you of all those black corrupted marks upon your records. Focus on God’s plan to reach those who are lost and reach out in brotherly and sisterly love towards everyone.

Jesus,

I love you so much. Thank you for always being there for me, standing by my side and being my Rock. Thank you for dying on the cross for all our sins for providing us clean new records. Thank you so much for your love, grace and mercy for warmly loving us and embracing us and accepting us despite those dirty corrupted records.  Amen!
May you have a blessed week!
Carol

Monday, August 24, 2015

Accepting One Another

31 Day Challenge Part 2

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A thought to ponder...
What if we didn't judge by appearances or differences but simply just accepted and loved each other for who we are, just as Christ accepted and loves each and every one of us.

In my previous post, I described a 31 Day Challenge for One Courageous Community within our churches that we were encouraged to partake in by Christian speaker Kari Patterson.

I would like to share another challenge I battle with - Romans 15:7  "Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God."  How typical it is for each and every one of us to reject or to exclude each other because we have a weaker or stronger faith, dress differently, behave differently, look differently, come from a lower class, are from a different generation the list goes on and on. When Jesus approached someone, did he look at their status, their knowledge of the law, the way they dressed or the way they looked?  No, he did not. He looked at the heart and he was deeply concerned for the spiritual welfare and heart of the non-believer. As it shows in Matthew 9: 10-13 10 gNow it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with htax collectors and isinners?”
12 When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: jI desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, kbut sinners, 2to repentance.”

As brothers and sisters in Christ, we need to love one another, encourage one another and help each other grow closer to God. Churches need to be as one unifying spirit in worshiping God, not a dividing spirit segregated into groups and ostracizing each other. A person should walk through the church doors and feel loved, welcomed and a part of a family not hated, unwelcomed and treated as strangers just because of who they are. How many of you have felt this way? I know I have many times and it made me not want to go back to church. It made me want to give up on church altogether. But I wanted to be obedient to God. I wanted to learn more about God, so I endured despite my unhappiness. Many times I would feel excluded and left out of conversations in a Bible Study because my knowledge of the Word was not as strong as those surrounding me. No one invited me into their conversations and I never even tried to partake. So I would leave or just tune those around me out. So imagine how others might feel. Look around on a Sunday morning or during a Bible study. Do you see someone sitting alone?  Do see others being excluded? Are you judging someone because their faith and knowledge of the Word is not as strong as yours? Think to yourself, what would Jesus do? Let us ask God to give us courage and guidance. Let us join in unison in building each other up not down. Let us join in unison in growing closer to God and reaching those who do not know Him.

Love to you all and God Bless!
Carol





Thursday, August 13, 2015

31 Day Challenge

31 Day Challenge

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A thought to ponder.... 
I wonder if there were to be a poll on how many Christians grumble against each other what the outcome would be?

At the church we are attending, I got the chance to attend their Ladies Camp in July. I had the most amazing enlightening privilege and experience of listening to the guest speaker, Kari Patterson, teach about One Courageous Community within our churches. The theme verse was John 17:11 “That they may be one as we are one.” When we are not unified and are separated into sections and groups we cannot produce the fruit that God intended us to produce. We must be unified with one spirit and one mind to reach those who don’t know our Lord and Savior and to show the world how we live in a Christ-like manner. We cannot be isolating into groups, ostracizing each other, treating each other as outsiders and causing strife, if we do, we only demonstrate that the community within our churches is fragile and fracturing. If the vine is fractured and splitting into pieces, it will not grow and produce fruit. We must love and serve one another.

At the end of the camp retreat, Kari asked us to take on the 31 day challenge of practicing with friends and family to transform ourselves into being more Christ like and strive to attain that one community - one spirit and one mind. Within the next few posts on my blog, I want to share a few of these challenges to help others grow into One Courageous Community. And if you have never heard Kari Patterson speak, I encourage women ministries at churches to attend one of her engagements.

One of the first biggest challenges and one I really struggled with is: Don’t Grumble Against Each Other. I think that this is something we all struggle with and are guilty of doing.  Many times I will grumble about someone and later feel so convicted about what I said. I had no business complaining and grumbling. I start to think, wow I just failed God in so many ways. My mouth was just spewing out poison. In James chapter 5 verse 9 it states, “Do not grumble against one another, brothers so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door.” When certain people aggravate you, or rub you the wrong way, or are rude to you, or are unkind to you it so hard to not to grumble or complain about them. However, it is so important that we speak encouraging and positive words about each other. We are to love one another and speak in a positive light. Focus on the good things of one another, not the bad things. In Exodus 16 and 17, the Israelites were grumbling against Moses and Aaron. They could only think of themselves and their unhappy circumstances and blamed them for leading them into their situation. When actually, they should have been focusing on God and praising God for leading them out of slavery. We tend to do that a lot, focus on ourselves instead of focusing on God and His plans and wishes. We should be focusing on how can we serve God better, how can we demonstrate our love for him, and how can we show the world God’s love and message. By not grumbling against each other, we can take the first step in demonstrating a Christ-like character and a step towards having a one unified courageous community.

Love to you all and God Bless!

Carol

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The United States Supreme Court Defines Marriage

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What this nation deems now as a union of marriage is far from what the Bible states is a sacred union of marriage. President Obama claims it is a victory. Since when is a sin considered a victory? I thought the President was a self-proclaimed Christian? If you are a non-believer or not a true follower of Jesus Christ it would be considered a victory. I tend to go along with what Franklin Graham states "The President is leading this nation on a sinful course, and God will judge him and us as a nation if we don't repent".


I believe Christians cannot and should not shove the Bible down people’s throats, but we are to be examples of God’s word and to share the Word with others willing to listen. But sometimes, no matter how hard you try to explain and quote scripture, people will not see that what they are doing is wrong unless God wills it so. Many are blinded to the truth due to the enemy’s deceiving tactics. You can only plant the seed, let God do the rest of the work. Fans and not devoted followers of the faith will only see what they want to see as well, twisting and adding words to Bible so as not to offend people. You would think that deep down in their hearts and minds that they would see that the direction this nation is going is in the wrong direction. Christians must remain strong and faithful. As pastor Greg Laurie states, “We must stand our ground”. It will and has come to the point where Christians are going to have to make a choice as to which side of the fence they are on. Are they on the side of the fence that represents the true Word of God or are they on the side the of the fence that represents the secular world and compromises and twists the words of the Bible aiding and abetting the enemy to do his deceitful and cunning work. Fifty years ago this nation had prayers in school, families sat down at the dinner table said grace and ate together, and they raised their right hand over their hearts and pledge allegiance to God and one nation. Now after the Supreme Court’s decision, God has been completely taken out of the family picture and this nation has deemed itself above God. We are a nation patterning ourselves after ancient Rome and we will soon meet the very same fate… a condemned country headed towards dictatorship, control and uncertainty. As disobedience, wickedness and pagan acts saturate this country it is only understandable that God should punish this nation, as we have become a nation that has directly violated His laws.

Why Should Christians Care?

Because Jesus gave us a task to reach out to those who do not know him and to share the Good News.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 (NKJV)

So what is the Good News? That despite your sins and/or sinful past God loves you, we love you and He has a plan for you. The only thing that is required of you to be a follower of Jesus Christ is to seek him in prayer, ask him to forgive you of your sins and accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. For
Jesus said to Thomas and to all believers, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 (ESV)

Is Homosexuality a Sin?

Well, according to the Bible it is. “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” Leviticus 18:22 (KJV) and Romans 1: 22-32 (KJV) makes it quite clear the fate of all who practice such immoral sexual acts.

“22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”

According to the secular world homosexuality, is not a sin and it is a discrimination to think or state otherwise. If you are a believer in God’s Word, you have to take a stand and decide this very moment are you for God’s Word or are you against God’s Word. There is no standing in the middle with a foot in this world and a foot in God’s world. We are to set are minds on the things above not on the things of this earth as it states in Colossians 3:2 (KJV) “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”

We are all born with sin. None of has a right to point a finger and condemn one another. But traditional marriage is defined by God as one man and one woman, despite the fact that the media and many so-called Christians and non-believers try to convince people otherwise. For it states in Mark 10: 6-9 (KJV),
“6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.
7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;
8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.
9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”

This controversy is not about hating homosexuals. How can we hate those whom God loves? It’s about God’s design for the sacred union of marriage between a man and a woman, not Adam and Adam or Eve and Eve, but Adam and Eve. But as this country moves forward, it moves further and further away from the Christian beliefs our founding fathers once held. Christians will soon be the minority and the media will do its best job to paint Christians out as the evildoers. Yet all along, our main goal is to just help gather and bring our Shepherd’s lost sheep back to him and to aid those being led astray. Many of us Christians have walked the path into darkness and have been led astray, it’s a darkness that blinds you from the truth, hardens your heart and deceives you into believing that what you are doing is right and not wrong. We know how strong the enemy is and how he yearns to take down as many people as he can until the bitter end.

Yet through this controversy, we are to love one other, but that does not mean Christians should condone a sinful lifestyle. We need to reach out to those who do not believe, help them get to know God. Once they get to know God, all the sins that take up one’s life will begin to disappear, one will not crave them anymore, but just crave and yearn to have a deep personal relationship with Jesus. I know for he has helped me. I am a sinner. Non-believers and fans read the book of Matthew http://www.esvbible.org/Matthew+1/ and then the book of John http://www.esvbible.org/John+1/ Get to know Jesus! Darkness is surrounding this world, satan is trying his best to deceive and confuse us all. Don’t let him win. God knows we are not perfect. We are all born with sin. Bring it to his feet and let Him help you, let him show you through His Words what His design and plan is. 

God’s Design for Family


  • Created Adam to care for all living things.
  • Created Eve to be Adam’s companion and helper.
  • Adam and Eve are joined in unity become as one flesh for Eve was made from Adam’s rib. 
  • Parents to raise their children up to walk in His ways and to know and love Him.
"This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh;she shall be called ‘woman,’for she was taken out of man. That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh”(Genesis 2:23-24)
In Matthew 19:4-5, Jesus reaffirms this: "He answered, ‘Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one’?" 

God’s Goals


  • To make himself known to all men and women.
  • That no one should perish but repent and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
  • To have a personal relationship with you.

Satan’s Design for Family


  • Deceive Eve in the Garden of Eden to cause the downfall of man and to prevent the Messiah from being born
To destroy God’s design for family and all mankind
  • Through divorce             
  • Through homosexual marriage             
  • Through polygamy            
  • Through pre-marital sex            
  • Through abortion             
  • Through transgender             
  • Through death

Satan’s Goals


  • To cause pain, torment, depression, sadness and disconnection.
  • To deceive and confuse as many of God’s people as possible
  •  To have people disregard the truth of the Bible.
  •  To have Christians compromise and be apathetic towards God’s word.
  •  Manipulate and deceive non-believers that they were born this way or it is the only solution.
  • To portray Christian’s that they are hateful people.
  • To undermine and twist God’s words about sinful acts and being obedient to God.
  • To portray God and believer’s in a negative light.
  • Use non-believing government employees and the nation’s leaders to achieve his agenda.
  • Use the media to twist the truth about God and true followers of Jesus Christ.
  • Use the race card (yet it is not an issue of African American, Caucasian, Asian or Native American etc.) to target against Christians to avoid the issue that homosexuality is actually a sexual preference and lifestyle people choose by their own free will.
  • To harden the hearts of Christians who are not true followers of Jesus Christ; to stir up hate and cruelty.
  • To destroy God’s people who are a reflection of God.
  • To elevate himself above God.

Where Christians have Failed

Each and every one of us has failed, but we can be thankful and sing praises for those who have been saved.

  • Not being warm, welcoming, loving and accepting of ALL people/sinners who walk in through the church doors.
  • Being hateful, mean and cruel.
  • Not reaching out to those lost, hurting, lonely and feeling disconnected.
  • Not letting God be the one to change the sinner.
  • Not teaching children about God’s design for family.
  • Closing the church door to God and not letting Him fill His holy place with His presence.
  • Not teaching and sharing the true Word of God.
  • Compromising beliefs and twisting the truth.
  • Not sharing with others of own experiences with battling with sin and how God helped triumph over those sins.

What Christians Need to do Now


  • Pray for those who are still lost.
  • Pray for this world.
  • Give thanks to those who have been saved.
  • Reach out to those who are lost.
  • Share with those who are lost how God rescued you from the darkness and brought you into the light.

Testimonies from Homosexuals who Found Christ & Changed Their Lives

These are just a few. There many testimonies out on the internet and within churches.