Your Faith Will Carry You

I was reading the book of Acts about Paul tonight and something popped into my head. I was remembering the story where a man needed to be healed and his friends had carried him down to see Jesus.

And some men were carrying on a bed a man who was paralyzed; and they were trying to bring him in and to set him down in front of Him. 19But not finding any way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down through the tiles with his stretcher, into the middle of the crowd, in front of Jesus. 20Seeing their faith, He said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven you.”

As I was remembering this story, the Holy Spirit spoke something to me. He said, “Your faith will carry you.” I am going through a rough time in my life. I guess what you would call a depressive state. For months at a time, I will not leave my house. I basically stay at home, watch tv sometimes and write. I’ll listen to music or look at my friends lives on Instagram or Facebook.

I don’t have any constant friendships. Only casual ones. I have shut myself away from the world and from people. I am lacking trust in humanity right now. There was a recent experience in which I was hurt by a group of people. Every time, it takes a little piece of my heart. And I shut down. I put on a good act at home and at work as if nothing is wrong.

But I should confess that I am dealing with depression. I am a Christian and I believe God can pull me out of this pit I threw myself in. At the same time, it’s still something to deal with. Something prescription pills can’t help. (I have never taken any of those.) People don’t understand me either. They keep saying, you have to get out there and be active. It’s hard to do when you are going through a struggle. I can’t turn the on/off switch.

That being said, I think he told me “My faith will carry you” because He is allowing me to press through. I was praying one morning in my car and I said, “God, I can’t help it. I am depressed. I don’t really have any reason to be.” And He once again gave me that Scripture.

We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.-2 Corinthians 4:8

I am holding onto His Word. I am holding onto my faith. My faith is in Jesus. I have faith that He will rip this out of me completely. I believe He can do anything. I believe His stripes can heal me. Believing in it is one thing. Walking in it is another. It requires action and faith at the same time. I am going to force myself to do things that I don’t want to but need to do. This attack will be fought with Jesus at my side. He is leading in the battle. I have to put my shield of faith up and keep standing in my armor.

If you are dealing with depression, you can combat it with speaking the words of the Bible over your heart and mind. Ask God to start a healing and recovery that will last. Pills only masquerade the pain. The love of a Father who sent His son to die for you will not masquerade the pain. It will take it away completely. That doesn’t mean that it goes away by your own power. But by His.

Hold onto to these Scriptures during the struggle.

Isaiah 41:10-So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Psalm 118:5-In my distress I prayed to the LORD, and the LORD answered me and set me free.

And hold onto the people who are willing to carry you to the feet of Jesus. Your faith will carry you. Hold onto Jesus with everything you have. He can be your everything in the middle of your something. 

Let Grace Find Me

Let Grace find me

When I am living in a broken world

Where people are hating each other and killing each other

Let Grace find me

When I’m out of breath from climbing this next mountain

When I don’t trust the person to the next

Let Grace find me

When my heart has been bruised and I see others hearts beaten

When faces are burned and children are being sold and trafficked

Let Grace find me

When babies are being murdered and animals are valued as being more sacred

When churches are no longer safe and the storms keep brewing

Let Grace find me

Where racism presides and love is trying to be destroyed

When there is war among the races and love doesn’t conquer hate

Let Grace find me

When the world is sinking and I’m struggling to stay afloat

When nature is turning on man and there is no safe place to hide

Let Grace find me

When destruction comes and there is no more light

The blood is red and day is now night

Let Grace find me. Let Grace find us.

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Everywhere I look, there is someone saying this word. Tolerant. I could have sworn I blogged about this already. (Oh well.)

tol·er·ant
ˈtäl(ə)rənt/
adjective
  1. 1.
    showing willingness to allow the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.

Let me say something about tolerance. Tolerance is not a justification for sin. People that spew out this word all the time are either ashamed of what they are doing and don’t want to be judged for it. Or….they just want you to look the other way.

Now, I am a Christian. So apparently that makes me an intolerant person. Because I disagree with a lot of things. According to God’s Word…there is a lot I cannot turn my head from. But just because I am a Christian does not mean I am not exempt from sin. I sin. My sins are not different in compare with other people’s. However…I don’t wish people to be tolerant of my sin. I want them to call me out on it. I don’t want them to look the other way if I’m about to fall off of a cliff. I want them to help me keep from falling.

Yes, it may hurt. Yes it may sting. But I would rather be right with God than thinking I am right because I am saved by grace. God’s grace is extended to us to keep us from the punishment of sin. Grace is not a license to keep sinning. Grace is not meant to be taken advantage of. 

People that live their lives however they wish and expect no judgement or punishment are setting themselves up for a big fall. It is a part of life. If you ride a bike carelessly, you might end up in a ditch and scrape your knee. Same thing goes for life. If you live carelessly, without any rules, a wake up call might be headed your way. God does not do this to punish us. But to save us. Save us from death and save us from free spirited thinking that will lead us to hell.

Tolerance is misused and misunderstood. If you are killing yourself, I’m not going to look the other way. Now, it’s up to you to make your decisions. However…don’t expect me to be ok with whatever you choose. Why is it that tolerance is one sided? I have to tolerate your thinking but you can’t tolerate mine. Or you have tolerate how I believe but I won’t listen to your beliefs. I will allow you to have your opinion and respect it. You should respect and listen to mine. This is why there is division in the world. Because people put tolerance in a box and use it do whatever they want to do. And when they are caught, they take it out of the box and say something like “You need to be tolerant.”

I’m sorry. Jesus Christ was anything but a tolerant person. He called people out on their sin. He called religious people “vipers”. He flipped a table over because He was angry. Jesus did not just smile and say…I’ll allow it this time. But next time, you better watch it. No. He said, “Go and sin no more.” That was an act of mercy. But he did not turn his head the other way. In fact, He was in their face and told them what’s what. He stood up in righteous indignation for what He believed in. He was crucified for what He believed in. And He did it so that we could also be righteous, by choice. Choice.

We should not keep making bad choices and say “Don’t judge me.” Because wake up. You will be judged. We all will be judged someday. You won’t be able to “tolerate” your way into or out of heaven. You are either a yes or no person. There is no gray area with sin. Sin is sin. No degree is bigger than the other. None of us are exempt from sin. If there is something you are doing and you think it is ok and acceptable, show me a Scripture in the Bible that says that. If you can’t find it, it’s not ok and it is not acceptable in God’s eyes.

Think of your choices. What you choose today can affect your tomorrow, the next day and possibly the rest of your life. You have free will. Use it wisely. Don’t use it too freely and expect grace to bail you out. That is not the purpose of grace. I don’t want to ever be tolerant of sin and if that ever happens, I am in serious trouble. God is not tolerant of sin and He is not silent about it.

My Thoughts on “Caitlyn” Jenner

Here are my thoughts on this whole transgender thing. From a Christ-like point of view, I don’t agree with it. If God isn’t for it, why should I be? That being said, in the wide spectrum of things, this is becoming more and more common.

I am a loving person. I love all people, gay, straight, black, white, people who wear skinny jeans, hipsters, etc. And the thing is…just because I love them doesn’t mean I have to agree with everything they do. I agree everyone should be accepted and respected. However….the world does not work that way. Christians are against Christians. And non believers are against believers.

Do I love gay people? Yes. Do I bash them even though I don’t agree with them? Absolutely not! I don’t think that is the right approach. The thing the world used to do was voice their opinions and agree to disagree. But now it’s come to the point where their opinions are hateful and turn personal.

There are Christians who are bashing people. There are non believers who are bashing people. I mean…can’t we just be friends and say this is my opinion and that is your opinion and I love ya anyway? Why does it have to turn into antagonistic responses? Because someone is always coming off as a bad guy.

Here is my thought on “Caitlyn” Jenner. I think God would want “C” to be happy. Happy and free. But I don’t think changing your complete identity is going to make you free. Especially when you keep running from God, who has created you as you are. Caitlyn was born as Bruce. Looking at the pictures on Vanity Fair, I don’t see freedom in her face. I see pain. I see bondage. The truth is, Caitlyn might be more chained than Bruce was. Whatever voice that was telling Bruce “you’re worthless, you’re bound,” was not God. It was Satan. And I believe now that Bruce has succumbed to becoming Caitlyn, I fear for her life even more than I did before.

I feel a sadness for Bruce/Caitlyn. Because I still see a soul trapped in an unwanted body. I think destroying what he was born with is saying to God “What you made wasn’t good enough. I can do it better.” That pains me. She says she is now free. But I have yet to see that. Giving yourself a body makeover and makeup won’t cover the pain inside. Only Jesus can give you that kind of makeover. He starts on the inside and works His way out. I wish that people (Christians) would have reached out to Him and said…Jesus loves you and you can find your identity by becoming his son. And you won’t have to run or hide. But be and find out who you are in Christ.

You wouldn’t have to feel pressured to be perfect. You are loved. You are free. “Whom the SON sets free is FREE indeed!! “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free!!

Sometimes people can’t see freedom because they are so used to living in bondage.