Do You Really Love Jesus?

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I know that lots of people say that they love Jesus, but in reality they don’t. Even the Lord knows this to be true. In Isaiah 29:13, it states,”Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:”. Also, Matthew 15:8-9, says the following, “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”

Here’s a test on that

Let’s say you hear someone speaking horribly about someone close to you (wife, husband, mother, father, etc.). What would you do? Would you defend that person? Would you just ignore it?  Most likely, you will, at the very least, let it be known where you stand on that particular situation. You will not just stand by and let someone just drag your loved ones name through the mud. I surely wouldn’t. A decent person wouldn’t anyway.

So, let’s say you are listening to a song or watching a movie, that just blatantly blasphemes the Lord. What do you do? Do you stop listening to that song or stop watching that movie? Or, do you continue on with it and make excuses as to why it’s ok?

You may say that God does not need to be defended. But if I say, that when/if you love someone, it is not an inconvenience to defend them. I defend the Lord at all cost. I encourage you to do the same. Turn off that demonic music, don’t watch that satanic movie, stop trying to be a pretty little liar. Follow the truth, Follow Jesus. Repent, be baptized, and be saved in the name of Jesus!

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Are You A Stumbling Block To Other’s?

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We all know the general meaning of a stumbling block. Pretty self-explanatory, right?

In the midst of a series of laws regulating the treatment of others, we find “Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the LORD” (Leviticus 19:14). Obviously, putting a rock or brick in front of a blind person is cruel, but the New Testament takes the practical adage and turns it into a spiritual metaphor.
After Peter rebuked Jesus, denying the crucifixion would take place, Jesus said, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s” (Matthew 16:23). Peter, under the influence of Satan, tried to distract Jesus from what He had come to do. He tried to make Jesus “stumble” in His path to the crucifixion. Paul reiterates the idea: “…but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness” (Corinthians 1:23). The idea that the Messiah would be crucified was a stumbling block to the Jews—something that tripped up their beliefs of what the Messiah would be like.

But what does it mean to be a stumbling block, according to God’s Word?……..

Most of the time, a “stumbling block” refers to something or someone who keeps another from a relationship with God. An unsaved person can do this knowingly and/or unknowingly. In Matthew 18:5-7, Jesus says, “And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes!” Just as it would be better to chop off one’s hand than to sin (Matthew 18:8), in the Kingdom perspective, it would be better to drown than lead a child into sin. Similarly, in Romans 14:13, Paul points out that God alone judges; we are not to judge others but be concerned that we are not the ones leading them into the sin we’re so concerned about.

Does God put stumbling blocks in front of us?……

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Those who are not obedient to God’s Word, will indeed come upon stumbling blocks. Though God is a loving and merciful God, He is also a jealous God. He does not want to share you with wickedness. Ezekiel 3:20 says, “Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.” Most people will confuse God’s judgement with the work of Satan. When you are born again, you will be able to see the difference in the two.

How do we refrain from putting stumbling blocks before other’s?……

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Refraining from being a stumbling block means not leading another into sin. How we accomplish this depends on the situation and the hearts of those around us. The security we have in God’s love and provision, both now and eternally, allows us to show concern to those who are weaker—those who need specific encouragement to understand who God is. In some situations, that means living in those freedoms to exemplify that God is a God of grace. In others, it means disciplining ourselves to building up weaker believers and not pushing them into a liberty they’re not ready for. (When I first became born again, I had a pushy attitude and it pushed more people away from God) But, always, it means not encouraging another to act in a way the Bible specifically identifies as sin.

(Next Blog will Identify specific Stumbling blocks)

My Testimony

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BEFORE I ACCEPTED CHRIST

Being baptized, at the age of 5, seems like a pretty good start in life. However, it was not. Even though I was raised in a church going family and baptized, it all meant nothing. Not saying that praising the Lord is meaningless. Not understanding the point of it, makes it a waste of time. Had I been taught the bible properly I would have been on a different path much sooner in like. Since things didn’t work out that way, I took the path that the rest of the world took.

As a teenager, my life revolved around beauty. I loved fashion. You could never catch me without my make-up, jewelry, hair done, sunglasses, or the latest new clothes. At the age of 14, I obtained a job just so I could keep up with these things. I would get compliments constantly. People would always tell me that I should be a model. Since I was so self centered, I set out to do just that. I went out for several modeling auditions around the age of 16. Since I was too young, to do these things on my own, my older sister would even try out with me. I would get offered these jobs, but would have to turn them down. “Why?”, you asked. Well, my mother would let me audition, with the hopes that I would not get the job. I can’t tell you how much I hated her for that. So I kind of put that dream on hold until I was old enough to do it on my own. And when that time came, I tried out for America’s Next Top Model. I was entered into one of their contest to determine whether or not I could be on the show. This contest would have the world judge your photo on the internet. I actually made it through two of three rounds. I felt like a beauty queen. Hey after all, I had almost had the chance to be America’s Next Top Model.

However, I kind of lost the desire for modeling. I’ve had modeling agents telling me all that I had to change, in order to make it in the business. I’d have to lose a little weight here and there, (just note, that I was already only 115 pounds), I’d have to get my teeth fixed, hair cut, new hair put in, chemical peels….just all sorts of craziness. I was very depressed for some time after that because I was basically told that I was not as beautiful as I had set out to be. Pretty soon, I was sabotaging my relationship with my boyfriend. After having children, I was unintentionally sabotaging my children. I was still hooked on beauty and what other people thought of me. I was connected to the world. I was an idol worshiper. I loved everything that the world loved; the movies, tv shows, clothes, unrighteously judging people, the music, all of it.

HOW I RECEIVED CHRIST

One day, I uploaded a video ,of my three year old singing a Katy Perry song, to facebook. While everyone marveled over how cute it was, my sister (the same one who went on auditions with me) sent me a message about the video. This is the actual message:

Hey April,
I wanted to reach out to you concerning that video that you posted…
First are you aware of the illuminati, or what these secular artist are involved in? It is very satanic and they have to become witches to get in the industry; therefore they send forth spirits that possess their listeners.
My niece, your daughter looked possessed in that video! Did you see her eyes and her face and those sexual looking moves she made? It grieved me when I saw it,
then I asked my kids to watch it and I did not say a word, and they all said “oh man, “She looks possessed”

I have never heard of the illuminati. So naturally, I started to research it. I came across all sorts of demonic information. During my weeks of research, I would begin to have odd dreams. I would dream of giant chess pieces being moved around, airplanes dangling off power lines, just craziness. So I told my sister these things, and she told me, that I have to also read the bible and pray, or those things will continue to happen. Not knowing where to start, I opened the bible and chose to read The Book Of Revelation. As I became more comfortable, I moved through the bible in a manner that only the Lord could have shown me.

I did hesitate a little before completely surrendering my life to Christ. I started to think, “Ok, so if I am just nice to people, and if I donate to or help people, then I’m cool”. I didn’t want to give up my music, cursing, and tv. But, I continued to read the bible. The more I read, the more the truth hit me like bricks. I realized that I have to give up EVERYTHING if I didn’t want to go to hell. Hell is real. Finally, after years of cleansing, I surrendered all to Him. When I held on to my sins, things never, I mean never went right. My family always had a hard time paying bills, we would get evicted and have to struggle to get a new place. Never had money for gas, could not keep a job, things were just a mess. But since I’ve been born again, my family is stress free. We know that the Lord will work things out on his time. And As long as I continue to be faithful to Him, he promise to be faithful to me.

AFTER I ACCEPTED CHRIST

The lord has made significant changes in my life. I am very careful with the things that my family and I are exposed to. I have an intimate relationship with Jesus and the Father in Heaven. I’ve dropped all idol worship: Satanic feast days that the Lord hates, traditions of heathens, fornication, vanity, cursing. Of course, I battle against sin on a daily basis. That is why I have an advocate with the Lord, and that advocate is Jesus. I push forward daily in Christ because I want to be worthy to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven when He returns. Nothing or no one is Greater that Jesus.

I would like to thank you for reading my testimony. I pray that has been encouraging. Please share your testimony with others. May the Lord Bless You!

1 John 5:10 King James Version 

10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.