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With God, nothing is ever lost…He Redeems and Restores!

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The “3Rs”…redeem, restore, renew. Catchy, right? But what exactly do these words mean, in relation to our Christian walk? This question I have asked myself, multiple times…so I eventually ventured into the Word and prayer to find the answer. However, my first stop was, Dictionary.com, and here is what I found…

  • Redeem(ed): to buy or pay off; clear by payment
  • Renew: revive; reestablish
  • Restore: to bring back to former, original, or normal condition

Now, scripture says, in Isaiah 43:1 “Fear not: for I have redeemed you, I have called you by your name; you are mine” 

    So, when God says He has redeemed you, what does that really mean? 

    We were all once slaves to sin with an unplayable debt, in need of some serious saving. God, because of His faithful love, righteousness, and grace wanted  the greatest treasure of His creation, mankind, to be reconciled back to Him, so He gave His begotten son (John 3:16), to die for our sins and rise from the dead. The shedding of Jesus’ blood on the cross, paid the price for our sins, so that we may stand before God ‘justified’ the moment we trust in Christ to save us with true repentant faith. By His blood we are “bought into” the Kingdom of heaven. Shame and hurt no longer rule our lives…we are no longer burdened by our sins; no longer slaves to them…we are free in Christ! 

    Romans 3: 24-26 “and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as an atonement, through the shedding of His blood – to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished”

    Now that you understand and you believe these Words in your heart, its time to go to God in prayer…talk to the Father, He is waiting…He loves you with and everlasting love! (Jeremiah 31:3)…cast your cares on Him (Psalm 55:22, Matthew 11:28-30). 

    In addition, God also wants to renew the faith we have in our relationship with Him (Romans 12:2, Philippians 4:8) but, also to restore our joy with Him (Psalm 23:3)

    I pray that this reaches someone and you receive it, so you can now be able to walk in the freedom God has given you. Peace and Blessings!

    on the outside looking in

    What window am i? where does one peek but ultimately to ignore? Does on run on a winding course?; screaming, growing hoarse? Yet i live, see, breathe. Knowledge and intelligence to object but lack confidence to project. God lives in me – through me . But, does HE? If  i lack nothing but feel i do; does that mean that i exist on my own? Am i wandering, seeing, listening and neglecting? On the other hand, “it’s the God in me”, right? SILENT CHUCKLES AND LOUD TEARS!!! Could my fear dictate ones wins or lead to vainful bliss? Where am i looking? Have i found the right puddle?…a puddle that that reflects the tear, wrinkles and worries of my worn face? …i mean, “look”?!..not at me but upwards; to the sky and remember He who sits high…praying a reflection shows a God who projects to protect His child from rays that shoot through the window of my mellow soul.

    opened glass window

    Worthily, Unworthy

    Have you ever  had a day when you just felt so inadequate and unworthy of everything, but especially, God’s love? Huh?  One of those days when the attacks of the enemy comes so strong and so fast, you’re crippled and the weapons that are forming seem as if the will eventually prosper? Well, you’re not alone…I’m feeling the same exact way as I blog about, at the gym, on the ‘leg extension machine’. 😳

    This post was inspired from a series of events in my life (**the constant falling into sin”, and the song “Why” by Jonathan McReyonalds…check it out! 😘

    First things first, let’s dive into what ‘worth’ means

    • Worth (via Merriam Webster): to the fullest extent of one’s value or ability
    • Worth (via the Bible; the TRUTH)      

      Matthew 10:31 “So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” 

      2 Corinthians 12:9 “But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” 

      Titus 3:4-7 ” But when the kindness and love of God our savior appeared, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we have done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing and rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having hope of eternal life” 

      Here’s what I’ve realized is: keep chasing grace and being humble, thankful, and grateful. You know why?,…neither you, I, or anybody on this Earth deserves 

      Finally, it’s okay…it is okay. I think the facr that we can see how flawed and sinful we are, allows us to really see the need for a savior and that we are truly weak and NOTHING without Christ. When we fully surrender to God’s plan/will for out lives, when we chase His grace, and truly learn to forgive ourselves is when we can start walking in the promises of God…no more baggage or burdens to weigh us down. God loves us, flaws and all! 😘. Keep smiling, shinning, and loving. But mostly, be obedient and love God with all your heart! 💕

      My prayer, “Heavenly Father, I just want to say thank you; thank you Father for always loving me. No matter what my flaws are or how many mistakes I make, you just keep loving. Thank you, Father for you new mercies every morning and Your absolute grace that allows me to keep getting up after every fall. In Jesus name, Amen! 

      Sweet. Simple. Sincere. Just continue to pour out your heart to God. He is there and already knows what’s going on. He wants you to continue leaning anf relying on the power of Christ, fueled by the Holy Spirit to contine to shape and mold you more into Christ. 

      Blessings, DM! 💕

        Self Control: Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should

        What is self control? Is this something you posse? How do you go about “getting” more self control? What does the bible say about self control?

        I was convicted by the Holy Spirit based off a tweet by someone and recent events in my life…Here is the tweet

        So, really, credit for this title and following blog goes to 1st, the Holy Spirit, but also BJ Thomas (@bj116)***citation follows at the end 😀

        Ok, now back to self-control…

        Self -Control (Merriam Webster): “restraint exercised over ones own impulses, emotions, or desires” 

        ***i.e. restrain from letting your emotions take over and have you saying/doing things not of Chirst

        Galatians 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self -control. Against such things is no law”

        Hmmm???, why are these attributes something a believer must posse?…well, because the Holy Spirit dwells in us (Romans 8:9), we must therefore produce “fruits” that represent this in-dwelling. Basically, the Holy Spirit must be present in our lives and this is seen by not only possessing love, joy, peace, self control etc. but by actively displaying these qualities.

        Well, then, what is the purpose of the Holy Spirit in the believers life?: CHANGE. Yes, we must change! We are new creations! (2 Corinthians 5: 17-21). But, our loving savior doesn’t just leave us on our own and expects us to change by our own “power”; instead, He leaves us the GREAT comforter…the Spirit of Truth (John 14:17-19), and by the power of the Holy Spirit; our lives then begin to change. Our lives are transformed and conformed into the image of Christ, who is all of these “fruits” and MUCH MORE! So, try it out; completely surrender your life to the Lord and let the power of the Holy Spirit move and mold you into the person God has created you to be! 💕💕

        Oh yeah, I’ve recently been shown that self- control is something I need to work on (as well as other fruits). Just earlier this week, I let my tongue and anger LOOSE. I had a flashback to the “old me”…before Christ and it honestly scared me. I was like, “who is she” and “I want nothing to do with her”. Man, that’s rough. But God has continued to keep me…protect me, guide me, forgive me, but most importantly LOVE me…flaws n’ all 💕💕💕

        I challenge both you and I to really tap into the power given to us by the Holy Spirit and really, I mean, really live in a state of self- control because evethough you can, doesn’t mean you should 💕💕

        Blessings, DM ❤

        Works cited

        • Thompson,B.J. (bj116). “Self-control is knowing that just because you can,doesn’t mean you should” 26 November 2017, 1:16pm. Tweet.
        • “Self-control.” Merriam Webster.com. Merriam Webster. 2017. Web. 26 Novermber 2017.

        Saturday Night Blues

        Question(s)? How do you spend your Saturday night? Do you hang out with friends? Do you spend the day shopping or cleaning? What’s a “normal” Saturday for you?

        Well, for me, I spend 90% of my Saturdays ALONE…(well I spend it with God), but not too much human interaction. Now, this blog post piggy backs off my last one, but my emotions of today are DIFFERENT. Last night I was very happy, content with spending crazy amount of Jesus and His word, but not tonight. The sharp words of someone close to me, hit my heart hard and the tears began to flow. Yesterday’s passage of meditation(2 Corinthians 4: 16-18) just ain’t working for me tonight. What shall I do???…prayer is definitely the first one, but I also want to help someone else who may be struggling like me. Let’s dig in!

        This one is titled, “Saturday Night blues”, featuring me, Dameda…a perfectly imperfect saint srruggling at the moment.
        More questions: is God enough? Is only having Him enough? I want you to honestly ask yourself that question…my answer is Yes, but boy does it seem lonely at times (Hebrews 13:5).  But the Bible constantly reassures us that God will never leave us, so why do we give the comments of mere men the power to negate the Truths we know…? Ephesians 4:27, tells us not to give the enemy any opportunities to throw us off “our spiritual grind”. But why, why does this happen???? This is because we are acting off our Flesh! And the flesh is nothing but sinful! ( Galatians 5:17, Romans 8:5-9) The flesh will always betray you and I. This is why we are to always be in subjection the Holy Spirit that resides in us…we are to walk according to the Spirit. Ephesians 1: 13-14 let’s us know that we literally have the ability to “tap” into God for His strength!… Is this not AWESOME!?!?! This “power” given to us allows for us to ‘fight’ off the attacks of the enemy (Ephesians 6:10-18); which is what we ought to do. So, let’s do that right now! Lets not give Satan any more time to play games in our minds! We are shutting this thing down right now! Let’s go!

        1 John 4:4…”we are from God, and since God has overcome the world…I will overcome this false attack!”

        Isaiah 54:17…” Although, Satan, you are attempting to form these weapons, My God, the ruler of the heaven and earth, let’s me know that they will not prosper. So go back to the hole that you come from!”

        Luke 10:19…”I have been given authority to tread over you, so that’s exactly what I’m going to do, in Jesus name!

        Are you starting to feel a little better? A little more powerful? Confident? It is God that provides this comfort, power and confidence because we know that in him, we have the Victory! (1 John 5:4, Proverbs 21: 31, 1 Corinthians 15:57).

        I pray that this blog as helped you to grow in the Truth…that we are to seek God at all time and to put our complete and utter faith in Him and Him alone. Man will ALWAYS fail you, but God will NEVER!.

        However, reading this blog cannot replace going to God in prayer, so that’s what I want you to do RIGHT NOW! Go to Him, and cast every care on Him (Psalm 55:22)…He’s waiting on you… And, lastly, we live for the approval of God and not man! So keep going on…pressing, seeking God and His kingdom (Matthew 6:33). It will all make sense soon enough! (2 Corinthians 4:18, Romans 8: 28-29, Jeremiah 29:11) 😀

        ***Side: a few of my favorite worship artists with songs fitting to this circumstance:

        Jonathan McReyonalds “Pressure”

        Kari Jobe “Always Enough”

        Todd Dulaney “Victory belongs to Jesus”

        Blessings! Please feel free to comment!

        Whose standards are you living up to? 

        “Why don’t you go out and have some fun?”…”why do you spend so much time alone”…”are you depressed”? These questions I have heard multiple times. Many times I would stop and ponder on these questions…cause myself grief for not living up to “other’s” expectations. However, because I truly believe that God is in control and I trust in Him….I sought God in prayer for the truth.

        First, let me give some background. I’ve always been different. I have been labeled are a “nerd”, “weird”, “different”, “rebel”, etc. because I’ve never followed others in my age group. Being different… I despied this for the longest. So I sought pleasure in many different parts of my life to fill this “void” of being in adequate…every last one FAILED, but Jesus! These past months I’ve been intentional about building my relationship with Christ, and this is BEST decision any of us can make.

        So, if you are like me…spending countless hours studying His word, seeking Him with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13), and loving Him with all your heart; you are not alone! Jesus tells us (in John 15:18) that because we are of Him, the world will hate us because it hates Him. Honestly, the more I stay in His word, worshipping Him, and understanding His truth, I will gladly be hated right along with God! 

        I thank God, He has opened my eyes to the truth, the light. Sis, open your mouth and ask; He shall do the same for you (Matthew 7:7)
        If I love God and follow His ways, I will NEVER “look” the way the world says I should. And, I’m here to tell you sis, neither will you. However, I’m also here to encourage you to continue seeking God and the kingdom of heaven! (Matthew 6: 32-33). Man will always disappoint you, but God never will!

        Here are a few scriptures to meditate on when you feel discouraged or overwhelmed for not living up to the world’s standards: 

        • John 15: 18
        • 1 John2:15
        • 1 John 3:1
        • James 4:4
        • Matthew 16: 25-26
        • 1 John 5:5
        • Galatians 6:9
        • Romans 8:5
        • Romans 15:13

        I want to leave you with one of my favorite scripture and I pray it blesses you as it has me! 😀

          “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” ~ 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

          Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know if this has blessed you! Jesus loves you like crazy! Stayed Blesses!