Tuesday, January 26, 2016

"Healing" an original poem by me...

Healing is a process,
It doesn't happen overnight,
It will take some time.

We learn, 
We grow,
We strengthen 
Through healing.

If healing does happen overnight,
How will we grow?
How will we learn?
How will we strengthen?

Really, who are you?
How will you experience the depths of His mercy,
His power?
Or His love?

If healing happened overnight,
How will you experience that pain,
That pain that strengthened you,
Strengthened your heart
And your soul?

How will this hasty healing
Lead you closer to Him?
He promises His presence,
His loving presence,
To be near you
During this season of brokenness.

Don't you want Jesus near?
To love on you?
To listen to you?
To encourage you?
To lead you?
To heal you?

His everlasting love and mercy
Leads us closer.
We gain strength through healing,
Strength to cope,
And strength to move forward.

We gain peace through healing,
Peace knowing that God,
Our Lord and Savior,
Is with us.

We gain knowledge through healing,
Knowledge of ourselves,
How we react,
How we think,
How we perceive,
How we believe.

Knowledge about God,
How He works,
How He reveals His heart,
How He speaks to us,
How He heals us.

We must experience rain
Before the sun shines.

Sometimes the rain
May last for days,
For months,
For years,
For a lifetime.

But rejoice now!
The more rain,
The bigger, the stronger,
And more beautiful the flower.

But rejoice now!
For the everlasting Beauty
That lies ahead.

Hold on and have faith.

"With the emergence of the sun, life is born. And with this emergence, the lotus flower acquires a special meaning and timeless significance. As the bearer of creation, the lotus flower holds a special place in mythology, in nature, in our lives. It symbolizes not only creation, but the timeless and continual process of birth and rebirth. At night, the lotus flower sleeps. At sunrise, with the waking of the sun, the lotus flower emerges to life. Just as in nature. Life is born, and reborn. Man dies, to be born again. Just as in Christianity, Jesus Christ died to the sins of the world to be resurrected to a new, profoundly spiritual realm." ~lotusfloweronline.net

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Watch What You Eat!

As followers of Christ, we want to live in the Spirit. We are told by God in His Word that living in the Spirit leads to life, whereas being of the world leads to death. But we fail at living in the Spirit because we are spirits entangled in flesh. Sometimes that flesh grips us so tightly that we do not (or cannot) quench those fleshy desires.

It is ultimately up to us to determine which one wins us over; which one controls our actions: the flesh (the world) or the Spirit. This is determined by by which one we feed more. We either feed ourselves with Jesus and the Word, or we feed ourselves with the evils of this world.

We eventually become what we feed ourselves. Picture this: you are sitting at a table and there are two plates in front of you.
This food represents worldy desires. It's easier to access at every corner and is quite tasty,  but "tasty" isn't always good for the body.

Now the plate on the left is quite heavy. It contains nothing but unhealthy foods such as fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, a bacon cheese burger, and fries with ketchup and hot sauce. Not to mention chocolate cake!

The other plate is a little different. It is actually quite nutritious with fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain bread, baked meats, and water. Desert, a fruit salad (or gluten free cupcakes)!

The food here represents the Fruits of the Spirt (Life in the Spirit). 

Now, which plate sounds more appetizing? Most people would probably pick the left plate (the unhealthy meal) because it tastes good. Sure we would love the dancing flavors doing salsa on our tongues, but what happens when we eat too much of those kinds of foods? The will eventually give us health problems—diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and gain weight. These foods, if we constantly eat them, can make us very sick, sluggish, and will fill our body with toxins.

The other plate will give us quite the opposite. It will give us energy, vigor, and longevity. It may not be as tasty as the unhealthy plate on the left, but we know that eating of it will make us healthier inside and out.

But the question is, do we want to be healthier? We definitely should.

Life in the flesh and life in the Spirit are very much like these two different plates. The worldly life in the flesh is the unhealthy plate and the Spirit-led life, of course, is the healthy plate. Like the unhealthy plate, the things of the world may (and admittedly do) look appetizing and pleasurable so therefore it is easier to choose that plate—or the worldly life. But what most of us fail to realize is that feeding ourselves with the world can, like the unhealthy plate, eventually make us sick, fill our bodies (or souls) with unwanted toxins, and, if we keep on eating it, will be our demise. Following the world may go swell at first, but how far can you make it without God? When you’re in trouble and there is no one to be found who do you cry out to? Who do you ask to carry your burdens, the weight you’ve gained from eating of this unhealthy world? Why do you feel so sluggish and drained? You may feel drained and tired because you have been feeding yourself the wrong foods for too long. It’s time for a renewal, a renewal of the mind, body, and spirit.

Thankfully, there is still the plate of Life. The Spirit plate. Like the Spirit (of God), this plate is life-giving, healthy for the body and soul, gives us energy, vigor, and…longevity! Eating of this healthful plate cleanses our bodies and souls. Though it may not look nor taste too appealing or appetizing to those who do not usually eat of it, it is worth feeding yourself with it.

It is very easy to turn down this plate. It’s the same as telling yourself that you are starting a diet over and over again, but that day never really comes. We keep saying “tomorrow” like it is promised, but it is not. The day to start eating right is today.

Of course we cannot just go cold turkey and completely cut out unhealthy eating habits and abruptly replace them with healthier ones. Our bodies will not react so well to such a change and it will be more difficult to be consistent and we will eventually end up backsliding, going back to our old ways. The best thing to do will be to start a gradual change. Try replacing unhealthy habits with healthier ones (metaphorically speaking, instead of snacking on a candy bar, try an apple instead [that is a small, but great way to start]). Changing your (spiritual) diet is not easy and will take a while to get used to, but consistency (and definitely prayer) is key. You must have that desire to change what you feed yourselves every day.

We are what we eat. We are what we feed our souls with. Heather Lindsey, founder of the Pinky Promise ministry, said it best when she said that the decisions we make daily determine what (or Who) we belong to. Do we belong to the world or God? What are we hungry for, the unhealthy plate or the nutritious plate?

Like eating healthy helps us to train and adjust our taste buds, feeding ourselves with the Spirit helps train our hearts and minds towards Christ Jesus, the Spirit. And eating off of that Spirit plate will detoxify the worldliness from our souls and give us health and longevity (eternal life!). 

Related scriptures:

~Romans 12:2—Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.

~Romans 8:8—So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

Romans 8:13—For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live
~Galatians 5:16-26—But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. 19Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
      25If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 26Let us not become boastful, challenging 
one another, envying one another.

~Galatians 6:8—For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

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