Tuesday, July 26, 2016

20 Lessons I've Learned Since Leaving the World...

We are living in a time where it seems like everyone is "anti-church" and "anti-organized religion." I respect the opinions of others but as a supporter and member of Christ's church, it bothers me when people only choose to vocalize their negative experiences. They blast the sin of the preacher but fail to share how that same preacher prayed them through the most difficult time in their life, payed their rent so they wouldn't get evicted, and even covered them when they fell time and time again. I just want people to tell the whole truth! 

Yesterday while on Facebook, I came across a blog post a young woman wrote entitled "20 Lessons I've Learned Since Leaving the Church". I am a pretty open-minded person, so I read the post to see what her thoughts were. Interestingly enough, I agreed with some of what she said. However, there were some things that I did not agree with so I felt it was important to share my truth as well

Here are 20 things I've learned since leaving the world (and coming to the church)...

1. The church was established by God and belongs to him, not man.
2. The church is full of imperfect people who serve a perfect God. Without Jesus, we all suck!
3. My church membership is less about how I can be served and more about how I can serve God and others.
4. I can't hold church leaders to a standard that I'm not willing to hold myself to.
5. My pastor is supposed to lead me to God, not be my God.
6. God will never require that I submit to abusive or controlling leadership.
7. Those you attend church with can actually become family if you deal with your trust issues and take the risk to love.
8. I've had encounters with God in church that I would've never had watching church on TV because there is something powerful about corporate worship.
9. Anytime I ever felt like leaving the church, it was usually for selfish reasons or because of issues that I wanted to run away from rather than confront.
10. Women can and should lead in church and while there are churches that don't allow women to lead in ministry, this is not the majority.
11. Being involved in church is much more fulfilling than clubbing, drinking, and living without intention.
12. I have grown spiritually and experienced emotional healing because of God's presence in church.
13. Church holds me accountable. Many people leave because they don't want to be accountable to anyone.
14. Church requires that I not only learn about forgiveness but that I actually practice it.
15. I should tithe because I want to, not because I am made to. You invest in what you believe in.
16. There is safety in the will of God and my will can't be trusted.
17. I don't/won't agree with everything that happens in church and that's okay.
18. The church will remain whether I choose to be apart of it or not. My leaving will not punish anyone.
19. God does not get nervous when we question things or have different perspectives. That's why he made us autonomous beings and not robots.
20. I can build my legacy and the Kingdom simultaneously. I do not have to choose.


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Heal our land...

Am I the only one who is both overwhelmed and outraged by the current state of our world? These past few months or so have been filled with senseless killings of innocent people, political charades, and just plain ol' foolishness. I have been so burdened with all of this all while trying to make sense of it from a spiritual perspective. Is it the wrath of God? Is it end time prophecy being fulfilled? Hmm....

Well, what I have realized is that the real issue is not racism, terrorism, or injustice.  These things are just the manifestation of a much larger issue which has to do with the condition of our hearts globally! Our hearts have been subliminally seduced away from God which is why we have all of the hatred, malice, godlessness, perversion, anger, and greed. And let me point out that this is not just true for the world but for the church as well which  makes things that much more disheartening.

I am currently 38 weeks pregnant with a precious baby boy, Emory Chase, and while I am excited and ready to meet him, I am also terrified to bring him into the world in its current state. We must pray incessantly for our children because they are at risk of living in a world that is completely void of God's love if we don't repent and turn from our wicked ways.

I usually try and post things that are inspiring and empowering but I was compelled to share my heart (and God's heart) with you today. God is still on the throne and he still has all power but we have to make a decision to align with his will rather than the desires of our flesh.

My Prayer : Lord, have mercy upon us and help us as a people to turn back to you wholeheartedly. I pray that you would strengthen those who are fighting the fight is faith and I pray that you would weaken the grip of the enemy on the hearts and minds of your people. Allow your love to conquer all hatred and fear. I pray this in Jesus' name! Amen.