Wishing each of you a wonderful Easter weekend!
Wishing each of you a wonderful Easter weekend!
One of the greatest celebrations for a Christian is upon us, Holy Week, which leads us through Jesus’ death, burial and Resurrection on the third day. We have so much to be thankful for and this week we should show Jesus (everyday really) just how appreciative we are. Let’s be honest, if it were not for what Jesus went thru, we would not be here today. He sacrificed so much just so that we could have the opportunity to have eternal life.
I’m going to get a little personal here. I’m just so full and utterly thankful for all that Christ did, just for me. I am in no way, shape, form or fashion perfect. I have done so many wrong things in my life that I’m ashamed of and even worse have not been pleasing to my Father in Heaven. When I read the story of Jesus’ death, how they beat him, cursed him, spat upon Him, it just makes my skin crawl. I feel so convicted that He did all of that for me, yet I fail Him daily not living up to or not representing Him or His Kingdom to my greatest potential. He hung on the cross in unbearable pain without any complaints because He knew the importance of Him fulfilling His purpose…me. I was the reason He went thru persecution, I was the reason He took the whippings, I was the reason He suffered the humiliation, it was all just for me.
I know it may sound cliché, but just the thought of what Jesus went through, pushes me to want to do so much better in my Christian walk and relationship with Him. But then again I guess it should make me feel that way. That is a constant reminder that my purpose in life is to live for Him and Him alone. I’m taking this week to do some serious soul searching. I want Jesus to know that it’s for Him I live and for Him I will die. I want to be completely sold out to Him. I’m not saying that I’m not already, but there is definitely some room for improvement.
So now I want you to make your thoughts about this post personal. If you have already proclaimed Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of your life, then I commission you to take this week as a reflection upon your life as well. Are you doing all that you can to push the Kingdom and tell people about the love of Jesus Christ? If not, what is it that you need to do to realign yourself with the things of God? For those ladies that are still on the fence and haven’t quite committed themselves fully to Christ, I invite you to do so. There is no greater decision than willing giving yourself to Christ and securing your soul’s resting place.
If you would like to read about all our Savoir endured for us, reference John chapters 18-20. For those of you that may need more of a visual picture of all Christ did not just for me, but for you too, watch The Passion of the Christ by Mel Gibson. I’m not able to get thru the scriptural reading or watching this movie without being filled with so much emotion. I’m not going to lie, it is very hard for me to image how Jesus must have felt through all of the physical pain but at the same time I am filled with so much joy that He went thru all of that, just for me.
Yes you read it correctly! You ever had one of those days where nothing seemed to go right? Well that was me a few days ago. My husband and I got into a little spat, my daughter was on my last nerve, I had million things to do and no time to do them. The thought quickly came to my mind, “I need a drink”.
So you are probably thinking, I thought she said she was a woman of God? Well yes I am but sometimes my mind reverts back to how I dealt with stress in the past. It was nothing for me to get off from work, run by the store and grab a quick bottle of Arbor Mist to go along with dinner, or to drink with some soft music to mellow down for the evening. Yes even back then I was heavily involved in church, born and raised, but still felt like I needed a little something extra to “deal” with my problems or to run away from them, if even just for a second. What about the sense of conviction? I’m glad you asked; that leads me into my thoughts for the day.
I often hear people (Christians specifically) say it’s nothing wrong with drinking alcohol “as long as you don’t get drunk”. Or they will say “I’m just a social drinker”. Yes even I am guilty of saying this same thing once upon a time. That was something quick and easy to say instead of just being honest and say “I’m not ready to be delivered from my mess”. I can remember years ago going out Saturday night with the girls getting tipsy, if not drunk and then getting up Sunday morning bright and early ready to sing on the praise team. I felt convicted, but would repent, do it all over again the next weekend and blame it on the fact that I was young and “experiencing life”. I was totally wrong and out of order. (Thank you Lord for Your grace and Your mercy!!)
As I’ve gotten older and grown in Christ, I have realized there is so much wrong with drinking and calling yourself a Believer. I feel so convicted even now when I think back to how I was living a double life. Proclaiming to be a Christian, but still wanting to be a part of and accepted by the world. “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” John 15:19 Why would you want to be associated with things of the world, when they hate us? Think about it.
So what’s the big deal, what’s wrong with having a little sip here or there? Let’s take a deeper look into the Word and see:
“It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak.” ~Romans 14:21
“And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit” ~Ephesians 5:18
“envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” ~Galatians 5:21
These are just a few scriptures from the Bible where the Lord clearly states that we are not to drink alcohol. Why would we defile the temple (body) that He created and allowed us to rent temporarily while here on earth. Is a simple drink worth your soul’s salvation? Where will you rest eternally, in Heaven with our Lord and Savior or in the Lake of Fire with your drink and your 2 step? It’s a lot to take in, I know, but I pray that it if this applies to you, it has you thinking.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” ~ Romans 12:1-2
As we all know a woman’s favorite holiday (well one of them) is just a few days away…you guessed it VALENTINE’S DAY!!! This is a day that we look forward to receive jewelry, chocolate candies, stuff animals, sweet kisses, flowers, balloons, an overabundance of love from our special someone. When I was single I absolutely hated this day. I remember in college spending the day cleaning my dorm room, blasting 112’s Part III album (one of my favs to date!!) crying because “I had no one to love me”. Or so I thought…
Looking back at the girl that I was back then, my heart aches for her and all the missed opportunities she had. What opportunities you ask? Well the Katesha back then was focused on finding love or as my man Jahiem would say “Looking for Love in all the WRONG places”. I was so zoned in on finding my “perfect guy” that I neglected THE Perfect Guy…my savior Jesus Christ. He was there with me all along…all those late nights of staying up crying wondering would I ever fall in love, would I get thru another broken heart; when He was right there beside me, with arms stretched wide waiting for me to fall in love with Him all over again. Does this story sound familiar? Okay so maybe it doesn’t speak to you directly, but maybe you know a girlfriend that has been in a similar if not the same situation.
There are so many examples of Jesus’ love for us, specifically in the Bible, but also in our everyday life. The best example of love that He showed was by giving up His life just for you and for me so that we would have a chance to live again. Wow all of that for just little ole me, let it sink in for a minute. How many times have we pushed Jesus aside, thinking oh I have time…I’ll get up and pray tomorrow, I promise…I’m going to stay up late tonight and get in my Word…Lord I’m going to reach out to the sister that I know needs help. How many times are we going to continue to ignore His love for us? We will stay up all night on the phone with our new boo, go the extra mile to show our husband that we really care, but yet will only give Jesus a Sunday morning praise, if even that. I know I’m laying it on you pretty heavy today, but as I type I too am convicted.
“Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” ~Matthew 22:37-38 NKJV
There you have it right there. No further explanation needed. So let’s make a girlfriend pack. On February 14, 2015 (and every day) I make a vow to have the BEST Valentine’s Day yet with the bridegroom (did you catch that?). I vow to not focus solely on my current relationship status, but to put forth greater effort to show my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ just how much I love Him. Is He not deserving? I mean He only grants us new grace and mercies every single morning. He blesses us with His extraordinary no better yet His EXTRA-ordinary love daily. The least we could do is whisper a simple “I love you” to Him in return.
So are you with me Girlfriend?
Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day!!! I love you and Jesus does too! 😀