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12:33 PM   [30 Dec 2012 | Sunday]

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Be joyful always

 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Looking back on the last few months the trial and tribulations seemed to be come at me like a whirl wind.  I found myself at times thinking Satan you sure are wanting to get the best of me.  I found myself saying I just cant take anymore and wondering what is my lesson in all this that is going on.

man in praiseAs if losing my mother wasn’t enough right around the corner was something else lingering at the door.  I became frustrated wanting it all to just STOP! I would lash out at the enemy telling him to back off he has no control over me and something else would happen.  The test became overwhelming at times and my flesh would become angry. Knowing that just giving into the anger I was pleasing the enemy and not God.  Needing to turn to God and pray even harder should of been the first thing I did.  So disappointed in myself because the one person that knows all to well what is going on inside me was wanting me to reach out to him as much as I was needing  him.  So I decided to deal with the enemy I needed to remember verses in the bible that dealt with the enemy and rebuke him out of my mind and let him know he will not win.  For each trial and tribulation over the last few months instead of asking God why? I chose to find the positive side and to be joyful.  We don’t always know  at first the lesson we are to learn from each event that happens in our life.  But when we seek our father he never fails to shows us.  God hears more that we say, he answers more than we ask, he gives more than we imagine but..In his own time, In his own way!

Learning know matter what the situation good or bad we need to always be joyful and give praise to God.  We need to be intentional praying to him and having that daily time devoted to him and serving him each day.  To understand that we can become weak but God has given us the armor to defend ourselves against the enemy.  It is that when Satan feels we are weak he attacks his purpose is to create confusion and conflict.  God has no desire to confuse us he does allow Satan to test us but the real test is are we going to call out to God and lean on him or give into our own flesh that only please the enemy?

In all that I do I want to please God and give thanks each day for all that has been given to me know matter the situation.  I want to be worthy of entering the kingdom and to always appreciate that Christ laid down his life for us.  I love God and in Christ name I pray each day in all I do that it be only to praise our father.

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11:51 AM   [30 Dec 2012 | Sunday]

The Worlds Bible Is Self Serving...Holy Bible is of TRUTH

 

The Worlds Bible Is Self Serving…Holy Bible is of TRUTH

Last night while watching television we came across this program that was discussing the bible and what struck me in this conversation with Rick Warren and Piers Morgan as they discussed the times we are in and how the bible has stayed the same it has not changed threw the years nor has it wavered to a peas or give justification for what we do. That Mr. Morgan asked Rick Warren if the bible should be rewritten to add in the exception of Gay Marriage.  While Rick Warren said he believed the bible to be of truth he didn’t stand up as a servant of God to make it clear to Mr. Morgan and the viewers that the very foundation God has given us in the bible wasn’t to be changed just to serve anothers sin.

If we go and change the bible each time significant changes happen in the world that go against what the bible states we would be changing the bible each day because in this day and time most of what is going on in the world is of sin and goes against what Gods word states.  If the bible was than changed how would we ever be held accountable for our own actions? How would be ever be worthy of entering the Kingdom? How would are relationship with God we real? It wouldn’t be real because we would not be holding ourselves accountable for our own sins.  Our relationship with God would be based on our own desires and not of Gods desires for us.

There is an order to God’s work. There is an order to being in God’s family. It isn’t automatic. Being born in this world does not guarantee the new birth. We need God’s Law to show us our sin….and the Holy Spirit to convict us of our sin. (see John 16:8) And we need the good news of the Gospel to bring us forgiveness and a relationship with the Lord through faith. Once that is in place, we get to spend the rest of our life living for Him as we seek daily to “find out what pleases the Lord.” (Eph. 5:10) The Holy Spirit produces that process of sanctification and those holy desires in the life of every Christian who is grateful to be in the family of God.

When you are living your life for God it is just that. Excepting that he is in control and we must believe and have faith in him no matter what that he will provide and get us through each trail or tribulation we encounter.  For each trail we encounter is a lesson for us to learn from.  When you are dealing with your spouse, children, friends, co-workers aren’t you besides them telling you that they love you and care expecting the actions from them to follow? yes you are because even though we want to hear it actions speak louder than words.  Anyone can give lip service.  It is know different with God.  We must seek him and develop our own personal relationship and be intentional in all that we do to honor him.

Changing the bible might make this world a better place in some peoples eyes but I believe the idea of it would be serving the enemy.  If we changed the bible to except what is going on in the world today are you going to grant the acceptance of homosexuality, Abortion,Drinking and Driving, Murders, Rape, Drugs, abuse? If even one of these are exceptable to you than who are you serving and what bible are you reading that condones this?  It is  the Holy Bible which speaks truth that shows us what God expects of his children and what will give honor and glory to him.

When someone goes against you how does it make you feel? stop and realize that yes Jesus died for OUR sins but that does not give an open door to knowingly sin. We are held accountable and we will all stand before God and either he will open his door to his kingdom or be sent to hell.  In the end I don’t want the bible ever changed cause I seek Gods truth not the Worlds idea of truth.  I want to be held accountable and I wish to seek the kingdom of God and follow the laws and rules put before us in the bible.  God is of love and his love is like know other it doesn’t waiver when you are living you life intentionally for him.  However there is the wrath of God and your preacher can continue to fill your minds with one side and you can continue to live for self and go against God and he will turn his back on you it doesn’t mean he doesn’t love you but you have turned your back on him and he will not make you long for him he wants us to seek him.

Nothing this world has to offer….and I mean nothing….can touch that reality and the benefits that come from belonging to your Creator….as compared to living as though He didn’t create you, and He didn’t die on the cross for your sins. Those two different ways to live are at opposite ends of the spectrum….and they provide completely opposite results which extend throughout eternity.

Galatians 3:24

24 Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith

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12:02 PM   [27 Dec 2012 | Thursday]

Be accountable for your life

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12:34 PM   [24 Dec 2012 | Monday]

He who will save His people from their sins

Matthew 1:21

And she will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins”.

 

As you are spending  precious time with your loved ones for Christmas I hope you stop to remember the ultimate price Jesus Christ paid for us.  Celebrating his birth and never forgetting the ultimate price he paid for our sins.

I always look forward to the time I get to spend with all my family.  Watching the grand children’s eyes light up as they open there presents.  The laughing and enjoying each others company.  Gathering around in prayer. Thank God for all he has given. Those times are precious and we should appreciate each day and all that we have been blessed with. Not just on the holidays.

This time of year can be hard for those that are alone or have lost a loved one.  Make sure you take time to reach out to those in need and make a difference because that is what we as brothers and sisters in Christ are commanded to do.

From Michael and I we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and thank you for your continued support in our ministry each day.

Lets pray- Lord thank you for all the blessings you have given. Father, I love You. Forgive me for the times when I choose to follow my own will instead of Yours. Help me to better serve you each day so that it glorifies you.  Please guide and protect us as we travel and keep us safe.  Please bless my family and those that are lost.  If it is not for us to minister to that you will send someone there way so that they may spend eternity in your kingdom.  Thank you for my children, husband, all my family. I ask for your continued guidance in our ministries so that we continue to serve you and touch lives.  Thank you for the huge sacrifice you gave with your son Jesus Christ. In Jesus name I pray..Amen.

 

 

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12:42 PM   [22 Dec 2012 | Saturday]

World of Satan filled desires

 

World of Satan filled desires…

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As I sit here thinking about my relationship with God it brings me to tears but not of sorrow. How blessed I am when I look around me with the beautiful daughters that he has given me and all our grandchildren.  My husband, parents, friends. All my family. I have step daughters and those I call family that have no blood line to me but it doesn’t matter because it is what I feel in my heart with each one of them that matters.  I have never been one that concerned myself with color of someone skin, making sure I had the best clothes, car, house those things are never what really mattered.

With me being intentional in my relationship with God I know that I have to open my heart up even more to love others as God loves us.  Sometimes it seems easier said than done.  I know now though that in order to love my husband, children, grandchildren anyone that I hold close to my heart I must love God first and respect that relationship I have with him.  There are days I get frustrated and hurt by things that others have done.  This world is so cold and self absorbed nobody realizing anyone can give you lip service and tell you what you want to hear but are they speaking the truth to you?

There are days I just cry because It makes me sad how people persecute God.  Blame him for every things that goes wrong.  Did he asked to  be removed from school, government, homes, churches and the lost? NO the world pushed him away and caused the death in the schools, murders that happen, gay marriages that are be paraded on television. The divorces, pornography, fornication, abuse it’s all caused because this world is full of foolishness unrepentant self serving hearts.  Why does the world not speak of how God has changed lives, speak of the two men that were blind and Christ healed him?

“And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us.

“And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.

“Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

“And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straightly charged them, saying, See that no man know it.” —Matthew 9:27–30.

All the good that he has done the lives he has healed.  When we turn on the television we see new law being passed by our own president  and  across the world breaking yet another law of God in regards to homosexuality

4 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

26 For this reason God, gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another,men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

God does not create a person with homosexual desires. The Bible tells us that people become homosexuals because of sin.

The television has many false prophets feeding minds what they want to hear brain washing them to believe its alright to disrespect there parents, curse, being unforgiving, drink and drive, a false prophet will feed you whatever it is as I have said many times in order for you to continue to fill there pockets with the money they are after.  They don’t care about your salvation. You are a follower of Satan when you serve your own desires by opening your ears to false prophecy.

Jer 23:21-22  “I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied. But if they had stood in my council, they would have proclaimed my words to my people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds.”

Open up your bible see the truth.  You can not just listen or anyone will be able to  mislead you.  I had to learn this in my walk with Christ.  For he tells us that God has given us the armor and  the tools (bible) to know the truth.  How can you continue to move through life.  When you have a relationship with God it is no longer what YOU want it is only about what God desires for you.  You have to be able to humble your self to drop to your knees and release all your desire of control unto our lord. To know that when you are disrespectful and cursing your parents and living for only what YOU believe to be correct you have no relationship with God.  If you don’t respect and give glory to God how do you stand a chance of giving it to another? YOU CANT! God has to come first.  If you are not able to forgive others for there trespasses do not expect to stand before God and expect him to forgive you.

I was once told by my husband that even our closest friends and family could come against us for the belief we have in God.  I don’t think I really understood why anyone would come against  another for trying to live there life intentionally wanting to serve him.  Until recently..to watch others profess to be a christian and basically curse and spew venom at my husband for speaking the truth. It saddens me and angers me when I see the pain in my husbands heart because it seems to be easier to point fingers than to forgive or to rebuke what he says instead of picking up the bible and reading the truth of what he spoke  it is written! But my husband stands his ground and knows the truth and those that want to live with there heads in the sand will never see eternity but not because they don’t listen to him but because they deny the truth of God.

My holy father ..I come to you raising my hands high to the heavens above to praise you and to take responsibility for self and my own actions and know that I must live my life being intentional each day to only glorify you.  Please give me the patience  and speak only your words to help save those that our lost if that be your will.   I pray for the lost and may the false prophets be cased out and that one day soon you return and take those of us that long to be in kingdom with you.  I thank you for all blessings received and your love.  I ask that you be with my husband and those that are living there life intentionally to honor and serve you with there ministry to prick the hearts that are filled with hatred. 

I pray that each person that reads this will ask themselves ..where your life is at this moment is it where you want to be? As a Christian are you walking the fence or being intentional to only serve our father?  Stop blaming God and remember he gave us all FREE WILL he makes us do nothing and he isn’t going to stop the cruel things that go on in this world because you chose to serve the world instead of taking a stand to make a difference in serving God.

Melissa Parker

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11:21 AM   [22 Dec 2012 | Saturday]

Do you bare Good fruit or Bad?

 

Do you bare Good fruit or Bad?

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John 15

15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.

My thoughts- When reading this I reflected on when I was lost and living in the world.  Going threw life never understanding why my life seemed to just go in circles hitting dead ends at every turn I made.  I was a branch dieing within my own self because of serving my own self.  When you make a choice to live in the world  based on your own thinking condoning or making excuses for your actions you will continue to go in circles hitting dead end after dead end and as a tree that is not nurtured, loved, cared for you will slowly wither away. When you turn to Christ and understand stand that not of your thinking but his and being obedient to the word of God that those dead ends will become new open roads and your branches will start to flourish and become filled with fruit.

Non of us can truly be happy, blessed nor love others until we first learn to stop living our life like a tree full bad fruit that is dieing and going no place.  Christ loves us and he paid the ultimate price for our sins. But does not excuse us from intentionally sinning when we know better.  Wouldn’t it be better to lean on Christ and our God so that we can bare good fruit and know what it really means to love one another instead of living in the world baring bad fruit day after day?

Melissa Parker

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12:32 PM   [16 Dec 2012 | Sunday]

Dynamics of a Blended Family

 

Dynamics of a Blended Family

A step family is formed by the marriage or long-term cohabitation of two individuals, when one or both have at least one child from a previous relationship living part-time or full-time in the household. The individual who is not the biological parent of the child or children is referred to as the step parent. Step families are also called blended families.

Blended families can be trying and come with so many of its own trials and tribulations due to the different expectations and dynamics of each adult or child involved.  It can be successful but you as a couple you need to first put God first and secondly your spouse.  You as a couple whom the children involved will be watching need to have established a biblical foundation with each other.  Where God is front and center of your marriage.  You need to discuss how discipline for all children involved will be handled and be sure you both agree.

I think what we need to understand when blending families no matter the age of the children involved is that we as the adults need to understand it cant be my children vs. your children this point may seem insignificant or unimportant to some, but it has a profound effect upon how you relate to the children in general and the effectiveness you will have in reconciling conflicts.  You will end up dividing the family when you say your children vs. my children that is what happens and the children involved hear this and react to what you are saying which can cause them to feel not excepted.

The child has been given to you by God for you to nurture under God’s authority. So we are instructed by God to love all children not just our own.

Many times a child will try to put a wedge between the step parent and the natural parent this could be because it doesn’t except the step parent involved or the changes going on within the family.  It is important when this happens that you and your spouse don’t get caught up in this but stand together. Your marriage and the harmony of your family depend on it.

Communication is very important in your relationship, without it you will slowly drift apart and your marriage will not last. To keep your relationship alive you must be able to compromise and be patient. Think about it. There is no better way to resolve conflicts than to listen and respond to others in love. Effective communication enables you to find the forgiveness, reconciliation, and the solutions you desire. The most dangerous thing is when individuals give up trying to communicate.

When there is going to be a family discussion or decision to be made within the family or in regards to the children learn to first pray. When doing this you are turning to God to guide you in resolving the conflict.  Speak to the children involved be quick to listen and slow to speak allow the child to express what they are feeling.  Today’s world seems to be yelling at the children and or saying “Because I said” How is a child ever going to make decisions or understand consequences to there actions if you don’t explain to them your reasons.

Doing things together as a family is VERY important.  Rather it is going to church, football game, baseball game, picnic, shopping, reading the bible, prayer these are ways to bring your family united as one.  Learn to laugh with each other and simply take the time to get to know each other and what each person involved in your family can contribute.

It takes time to build a strong family foundation especially within blended families. But we first must remember sometimes the best thing to do when children are involved is allow them to get to know you as a friend someone who loves them and has there best interest.  It really depends on the age.  Teenagers and older seem to have a harder time excepting a step parent.  They have there own mom or dad and will often say they don’t need another. Maybe they have been involved in a step parent situation before and it wasn’t a pleasant experience.  We all have a past and it’s important to respect that and work threw each others differences. I have struggled with this myself and am learning that until I turn it over to God and even though he knows our heart and our thoughts he needed me to reach out to him and ask him for his strength and guidance.  Getting consumed with the negative of rejection or disappointment isn’t the answer.  However prayer and seeking God is.

If God makes us one Body in Christ, shouldn’t you seek to be one family too?

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12:30 PM   [16 Dec 2012 | Sunday]

Honoring Our Parents

 

Honoring Our Parents..

Honoring our parents should go without saying. However it is something in these days that is overlooked and not followed as God instructs us to do.

Exodus 20:12 – Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

What does it mean to honor our parents?

Honoring your parents should be an important part of our lives. When we can learn to treat our parents with respect, we learn to treat God with respect. If we don’t honor our parents and show them respect then how is our relationship with God going to be? We should speak to our parents with respect, love not with anger, bitterness or expectations of “what can you do for me” attitude.  Parents aren’t perfect, so sometimes what God has asked of us seems hard to do, but it is one that we must strive to follow. When your parents have showed you love, support and spiritually guided you it is easier to want to honor them.  But when your parents have not been there for you in the manner that God states they should be and have left you emotionally, spiritually lost it is hard to want to follow this commandment but we need to remember that God forgives us of our sins and we must learn to do the same in order to move forward in our lives.  Understand that God will deal with those parents that have not followed his command.  But we must learn that by forgiving them doesn’t mean we are condoning there actions but making a choice to move forward by not allowing that anger, resentment towards them control you.

Take care of any widow who has no one else to care for her. But if she has children or grandchildren, their first responsibility is to show godliness at home and repay their parents by taking care of them. This is something that pleases God. 1 Timothy 5

When my mother was diagnosed with a mass on the right side of her scalp that was cancerous all I remember thinking is she has been threw so much.  We didn’t have the childhood that God would have wanted for us. We experienced thing’s that biblically goes against Gods command.  I experienced the anger, resentment towards my parents and felt cheated before I turned my life over to God.  Today when I look at my mom and see all she is going threw with her health.  I don’t feel anger or resentment towards her I feel love, honored that she is my mom and humbled that she would allow me to go threw this with her.  When you turn your life over to God and forgive your parents and learn to let go and let God your heart is regenerated and you begin to live a more meaningful life because it is no longer about YOU.  It’s about what is pleasing to God.  He is our armor, strength he equips us with the tools we need in order to live a life that is pleasing to him. I realized in my walk with God that I am not perfect and I have been guilty of sinning in my own life yet I cursed those who sinned against me.  In order for God to forgive me I need to forgive those that have hurt me.  I can’t imagine life without my mom but if the lord decides to take her home. I would rather spend my time with her supporting her and honoring her than holding the past against her.  We can’t change the past but we can change who we are today and realize we are not guaranteed a tomorrow.  My husband and I have recently been married and we are prepared to bring my mom home if she is unable to live on her own again.  You could say it may be too much being that we are newlyweds but putting my mom in a nursing home or assisted living is not an option for us.  I want to do as God states we are to do and that is to care for our parents when they are ill.  This isn’t about what is best for my husband or I this is about wanting to please God and in doing so showing honor, love to my mom.  We get so caught up in every day life and find our selves making excuses for not staying in touch or visiting our family/friends but we should learn to appreciate what we have instead of what we don’t and understand all the material stuff we can’t take with us. We need to work in order to support ourselves yes but we need to be there for our family and friends emotionally, spiritually, physically for them.  I understand that in some circumstances it can be hard to forgive your parents and I don’t excuse those things that have hurt you but it is not for us to carry with us ..you need to turn it over to God.  Today as I stand by my mother making sure when she is in the hospital or therapy that she is being treated in the manner she deserves and making sure her wishes are respected when she is unable to speak for herself.  I am humbled and thank God each day for the blessings he has given me.

 

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12:30 PM   [16 Dec 2012 | Sunday]

Emotional Abuse..

Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse is the most prevalent form of abuse.  It is also overlooked because those around us don’t hear or see what the abuser is saying or doing.  Emotional abuse includes verbal abuse such as yelling, name-calling, blaming, and shaming. Isolation, intimidation, controlling behavior.  The purpose of the abuser is to instill fear and or intimidate. The goal is to gain control of the other person.

Typically, the abuser is a parent, spouse, adult, child, dating partner, or friend.  But these days it has been found even in some churches across the world.  When you as the victim are being abused you take the words that have been said to you and start questioning your own self worth because the abuser has cut you to the very core.  You may have tried to reach out to others for help but because the abuser will tend to represent himself in the opposite manner in front of others it makes it hard than for those around you to understand.
When you are being abused emotionally you first need to understand that you didn’t do anything to cause this nor are you to blame because the abuser gets angry.  The abuser doesn’t normally show itself right away they gradually will work there way into tearing you down and making you solely responsible for everything that goes wrong. The abuser will do what they can to remove family, friends and convince you to turn your back on them. The sad part is that emotional abuse is just as hurtful as being physically abused yet is overlooked and seems to be accepted in today’s society.  The abuse can wear the victim down and find it hard to trust others and always question there self-worth.  They can suffer long term affects of anxiety, depression.
You may ask why does the victim stay with the abuser if in a relationship or report the abuser. The answer to that would be because the abuser has gained control and manipulated the victim to believe what was said or has threatened there life or love ones but in many cases the victim doesn’t  see a way out.  For years many continue to past judgment against the victim instead of reaching out to help them or turning your head and walking away saying “It’s not my business”.  It is our business to reach out as Christians and help those in need. God commands us to love our bother and sisters as he loves us.
John 15:12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you…”
You as the victim may be feeling confused, lost like there is no hope and very alone.  But I want you to know that your not alone God doesn’t want you to suffer and this isn’t the life he had planned for you.  But in God’s Word we read this amazing truth: “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.” 1 Corinthians 3:16, 17, NIV.
I often hear questions like if there is a God why did he allow this to happen to me? This question is often asked in many situations.  My answer is this.. in the bible it states that God gave us free will.  He allows us to make our own choices even when they are not pleasing to him.  He does not want to see his children suffer.  He loves us and when you turn your life over to God and pray and read his word you will understand that the love he has for us is the type of love he commands us to have and show for one another.  He gives us the amour but he also is our strength and we are to lean upon him and believe and have faith that he will be there for you. You will never be alone because God will be there for you.  Turn to him don’t ever give up on yourself because God is waiting for you!  Ask God to help you in this situation you are in.
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12:27 PM   [16 Dec 2012 | Sunday]

Will God Forsake YOU?

The religious world’s general perception of God is that God does not forsake anyone. Many people believe in the perseverance of the saints. That is to say, once you are saved, then you can never be lost. However, as we will show in this article, the Bible contains warnings about God forsaking certain people.

To begin this study, allow me to bring to your remembrance a covenant which God entered into with the people of Judah. In 2 Chronicles 15, Azariah delivered the following message to king Asa and the nation of Judah:  “. . . Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin. The LORD is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.  (3)  For a long time Israel has been without the true God, without a teaching priest, and without law;  (4)  but when in their trouble they turned to the LORD God of Israel, and sought Him, He was found by them.” (2 Chronicles 15:2-4)  Take notice of the specifics of this covenant. If Judah and Benjamin would seek the Lord, then they would find the Lord. If Judah and Benjamin would forsake the Lord, then the Lord would forsake them. Later in the chapter we find that Judah made the decision to seek the Lord. The writer of 2 Chronicles records the following: “Then they took an oath before the LORD with a loud voice, with shouting and trumpets and rams’ horns.  (15)  And all Judah rejoiced at the oath, for they had sworn with all their heart and sought Him with all their soul; and He was found by them, and the LORD gave them rest all around.” (2 Chronicles 15:14-15)  When king Asa and Judah sought the Lord, they were able to find the Lord.  However, if king Asa and Judah had not sought after the Lord, then they would not have found Him.  The Lord would have forsaken king Asa and Judah.

While it may seem harsh to say the Lord would forsake a person, in truth the choice to forsake is on the part of the man who chooses to forsake the Lord. God will not look upon a faithful follower and forsake that person. Throughout Bible history, God did not forsake His faithful followers, those who loved Him and faithfully served Him. The decision to depart has always been on the part of man. Consider a couple of examples showing this truth.

  1. God told Moses that the Israelites would “rise and play the harlot with the gods of the foreigners of the land.” The Lord God said the people would forsake Him and break His covenant which He had made with them.  (Deuteronomy 31:16)
  2. Joshua warned the people, saying, “If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you, after He has done you good.” (Joshua 24:20)
  3. King David warned his son, Solomon, saying, “If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever.” (1 Chronicles 28:9)
  4. The Lord God charged Israel, saying, “But you are those who forsake the Lord, who forget My holy mountain, who prepare a table for Gad, and who furnish a drink offering for Meni.” (Isaiah 51:11)
  5. The Lord God charged Judah with the same sin, saying, “O Lord, the hope of Israel, all who forsake you shall be ashamed. ‘Those who depart from Me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the Lord, the fountain of living waters.’” (Jeremiah 17:13)

God will never forsake the one who has found Him. God remains constant and true. Go to God and He will never leave you. The secret to remaining in faithful fellowship with God is to stay in His presence. You must stand by Him in order to be near to Him. The time in your life when the Lord no longer stands by your side is when you walk away from Him. The apostle John reinforced this truth by writing the following: “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.  (6)  If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.  (7)  But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:5-7)

Who will God forsake? God only forsakes those who forsake Him. As long as you seek the Lord with all your heart and soul, you will find the Lord and will stand by His side. He will never leave you nor forsake you. However, if you forsake the Lord, walking away into sin, then He will forsake you and you will stand alone.

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