What powerful words!!! :)
I randomly went on Meagan Good's instagram today and saw this quote and I thought, 'This is powerful truth!!" Amen! :)
Maybe you've been feeling like you need to be like somebody else in order to be liked, or that you need to be something else to be liked, but you feel like it's not really you, it's somebody else. You may feel like people like somebody else more but don't like you.
Don't compare yourself. People are not meant to be liked based on who they want to be like, but based on who they already are.
1 Corinthians 12:12-30 touches on this perfectly. It talks about how we are one body, but many parts. I encourage you to do a Bible Study on it! :)
To some extent, comparisons stem from wanting to be like somebody else, but not ourselves, and comparing ourselves with others.
This text talks about how the body is actually a unit (verse 12).
A unit is defined as: "as individual thing or person regarded as single and complete but which can also form an individual component of a larger or more complex whole" (Oxford American Dictionary).
We were meant to be whole as an individual in Christ, and in that, to be a part of a joint and vital component of a more complex whole :)
We all have one and the same Spirit (verse 13). Praise God He doesn't give 100% of the Spirit to some and 20% to others when He "doesn't feel like it" haha! We're all whole and one in Christ.
Now, what does that look like in the physical world? Well, we are human, so comparing ourselves will occur, but it's making sure we don't make this our focus and pursuit (i.e. our worldly pursuit).
Verse 15 says, what if the foot said, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body", and verse 17 asks us what if the whole body became an eye where the sense of hearing be.
Friend, where would the sense of smell be if the body were a big 'ol ear?
Getting the picture now? :) :) ;-) Ok. So...
Know that we are made with significance, carefully crafted to be who we are, along with the role that we play. We are not insignificant.
Verses 22-26 may answers that notion:
"On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it."
Amen. Did you read that? If ONE PART. ONE. ONE. ONE. ONEEEE part SUFFERS, EVERY PART SUFFERS WITH IT.
You are significant and you may not know it yet if you're still comparing yourself with others :) ;-)
You are important.
I'll leave you with my favorite part of the passage:
"But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as He wanted them to be." (verse 18).
I find this beautiful and inspiring because it says, "as HE wanted them to be." not as XYZ wanted them to be, but HE. He arranged them all perfectly. You are created perfectly to be who you are, and God created you to be that part, not man, but God (and we know that God is sovereign, so He is in control so it wasn't just random). He loves you very much and has not 'forgotten' about you. You are a vital component to the community of God, and you are wanted, just as you are.
So what does the quote at the beginning have to do with this?
Well, if we start liking who we are, and know what our purpose is, we're less likely to compare ourselves to others because we know who we are and whose we are. We will start realizing how wonderfully different yet similar we really are, and with that aspect, will start to wish well on others and not just ourselves :) It's a road and journey we all take together, so let's celebrate each other! Amen! :) Jesus loves you <3
P.S. Next time you are questioning who you are, remember to go back to the original "Manual", the Maker knows who you are, He created you. Reinforce His truths about you over and over so you won't forget who you are in Christ! Or even better, have a heart-to-heart with Him, and ask Him who you are. ;-)
Any questions? Let me know by writing to me here!
Jesus feeds the five thousand.
Jesus feeds the five thousand in Matthew 14: 13 - 21.
"We have only five loaves of bread and two fish," they answered.
"Bring them here to me," He said.
They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
I cried out to God today, life had been so rough for me.
As I walked He reminded me of this story, and said, "remember the five thousand..."
Jesus fed five thousand people out of five loaves of bread and two fish.
You see, some weeks ago, I had to come to Him in repentance of some sins, and I was so lost, I was so lost without Him.
My life had taken a different turn, and I couldn't do it without Him.
With tendencies to try to live life "perfectly", I knew He wanted me to realize that I couldn't work for my salvation and that it was already done for at the cross:
"But now He has appeared once and for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself." Hebrews 9:26b
Where does the story of the five loaves of bread come into this?
Jesus said, "come to Me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28
That's for everyone.
He said He wanted me to come to Him, that He is able to feed me.
He didn't say to me, "Tawana, come to me when you have cleaned up your act." No, He said, "Just as you are, just as you are crying, just as you are."
I felt like I had to have this cleaned up heart, this cleaned up act before I prayed to Him, but that's not what He wants.
He came to die for a reason, so we wouldn't have to work for our salvation or work to gain His approval. It can only be a lie from the devil to think that we can attain some right standing with God in one way or another for it says,
"God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God." 2 Corinthians 5:21
The story of Jesus feeding the five thousand with five loaves made sense to me now:
I can come to Him with the little that I have and say, "Jesus, this is all I have, this is all I have, take it from me please, take it," and He will change it. He will change it.
If it's something bad I'm giving to Him, He'll wash it away, He'll wash it away, He is able.
If it's something good that I'm giving Him , He will multiply it, He will give me the amount that I need, He's so generous.
"They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over..." Matthew 14: 20
"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...For when I am weak, then I am strong" -2 Corinthians 12:9 - 10
God wants you to come to Him with all of your problems, your situations. He doesn't want you to be working for your salvation or to think that you can attain anything. He is the only one who can fix them for you and do it for you.
Don't be embarrassed about coming to Him, He wants you to know that He cares for you and nothing is too big or too bad for Him to take. He is, in fact, God.
And He loves you and wants you to come close to Him.
Wow it's been a while!
God's been doing great things and He is so faithful!
I just want to let you know that whatever God's doing in your life, He is going to bless it! Amen!
So today I was scanning through my journal and I stopped at when I wrote down Genesis 3:11 and right away the title "who are you listening to" came to me.
Friend, who are you listening to?
Are you listening to somebody else today who's not God's voice?
Are you listening to someone who isn't a voice to be trusted?
God's telling you to stop right now. Right now.
Genesis 3:11 says, "who told you that you were naked? Have you EATEN from the TREE that I COMMANDED you not to eat from?"
What are you eating?
Are you eating from television? From videos? From celebrities?
Are you eating from people who God says 'no' to?
It's time to re-assess who you spend time with.
These "things" will benefit you for a while, but in the long run, they'll destroy you.
Don't believe the lies of the enemy. The enemy is INDIRECTLY telling you to 'stop right now' that your purpose isn't good enough, and that YOU'RE not good enough.
Tell him that you are, tell Him that God loves you and that you are good enough. Tell him that God's gifts and CALLING are irrevocable (Romans 11:29), so we can CHOOSE to STOP right now and make a u-turn and head back to God. Tell him you can do it without the lies and that you don't need momentary pleasures. Amen.
The enemy has a plan for you, just as GOD has a plan for you, but we have to CHOOSE whom we're LISTENING to.
God loves you very much and wants to see you prosper, but for now, please ask yourself:
Who are you listening to?
God bless you.
When 2 souls are tied (or held together) in the SPIRITUAL realm, they are called "soul ties." If they are tied in a negative way, or restrictive way, they are negative or ungodly soul ties (i.e. from demonic behavior).
I felt a sense of urgency to post about this. I feel like a lot of people have or are creating ungodly soul ties and they are in bondage because of it.
God wants to free you from what you're going through, and He wants to see you through it. He wants to guide you through healthy relationships and healthy dynamics. It will happen according to God's grace.
He wants to let you know that He will see you through it and BE with you if you trust Him.
This is such an important issue and I can't even stress this enough.
Many of us are so unfamiliar with this and it is very important.
UNgodly soul ties are what prevent us from going on in our lives. They prevent us from moving forward. If you ever feel like you are moving along quite fine but then there was a hold on you for some reason, there might (not in ALL cases) be some ungodly soul tie going on, which all relates to some type of demonic activity.
Soul ties can also be different in other ways. Let's look at a few:
1. Sexual relations --> the good kind.
This is between a married couple. Ephesians 5:31 says that a man will leave his father and mother, and shall be JOINED to his wife, and they two shall be ONE flesh. This is the good kind to all you healthily married couples!
For those unmarried, who are you playing "house" with? Who are you "marrying" spiritually, emotionally, and with your body? Who are you bonding with?
2. Sexual relations --> the bad kind.
This is when one has sexual relations with another (even those who are already married are involved when they go outside of their marriage looking for something more).
Under the context of Sexual immorality (-so pay attention!-) 1 Corinthians 6:18 tells us that, "do you know that he who UNITES himself with a prostitute/harlot is ONE with her body? For it is said, The two will become ONE flesh." (v. 16)
I can't stress on this enough. It is so important.
We, as humans, have become accustomed to saying: "it's my body, why can't I do what I want with it?" or "I've been hurt before, so I'm going to get back all the people who've hurt me by sleeping with others," or the VERY famous, "God INVENTED sex, so why can't I have it as I please?"
God's not RESTRICTING you from sex. In fact, sex is a beautiful thing between a healthily married couple as it BONDS them together.
God doesn't want you to get HURT. The devil doesn't want you to know these truths, and wants you in bondage forever.
3. Close relationships
A GOOD example, one that I admire, is from 1 Samuel 18:1 which is the friendship of David and Jonathan. It says, "After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became ONE in Spirit with David, and he loved him as himself."
I have to say, that was an amazing friendship that David and Jonathan had, and for Jonathan to go against evil in his family for a friend was very commendable.
The BAD soul ties that could come from CLOSE relationships is when one starts to IDOLIZE something, to idolize someone. It is important to know that there is a balance between all friendships and relationships.
I was doing some research on this, and on the GreatBibleStudy website, I read about how soul ties can also be made via vows, commitments, and agreements! I didn't know that! And I repented straight away!
You see, I made a promise/vow to someone months ago, and it was a bad soul tie. In breaking that, I tried to figure out what it was that was making me stay connected with them, and I realized it was the vow, the vow was dangerous.
Many of us make ungodly vows, and statements. Many of them are "innocent" or from a good place, and we say them to be nice, but the spirit world has a big paaaarrttttaaayy over them because we'd be giving them PERMISSION to take over those lines.
Ever wonder why words like: "I'll always love you, I'll never leave you, I'll always do this..." have a hold on us? As sweet as it may be, you can't ALWAYS be there, and you can't ALWAYS do anything, unless you're God. Didn't Jesus say, "I'll never leave you or forsake you?" Think about it.
We need to humble ourselves and acknowledge that it is only done by God's grace and His doing. In pride we say these things to keep a hold on another, and we form ties that we end up paying for.
What comes to mind is Proverbs 18:21 which says, "The TONGUE has the power of LIFE and DEATH and those who love it will eat of its fruit."
Have you ever thought of that? Have you ever really thought of that?
This is why ungodly soul ties bring an abuser and their victim back together. You don't even have to be a Christian to know this, but there will be times where you logically know that you need to get away, and so in the NATURAL realm you want to run away and be safe. Then there are times when you are pulled back and you say, "there's just something about them, there's just something that keeps bringing me back." So the victim goes back as it's all they know, and that's because in the SPIRITUAL realm, the unholy soul tie serves as a CONNECTION, a standpoint, a CONTROL point, for the victim to go back to.
It's unlikely that the victim would go back if they didn't have this problem with the soul tie.
You can read on how to BREAK these soul ties.
Keep safe, and keep trusting Christ,
With love always.
I was try to shop for shoes and saw a pair that I really liked. Unfortunately (because of all the sales!) the only size left was one of the large ones.
I took another shoe off the shelf that was quite similar to the one I had really liked, and pondered for a bit, and said, "hmm this one's not too bad."
The person I was with then said, "you're settling."
She was right.
You see, I usually have conversations that I forget about later, but sometimes certain words stick out.
Now, I know that that might've been a word from the Lord for me for now, or for the future, but I know it was something I had to pay attention to.
This might be something for you too.
Are you settling? Are you enabling something to stay in your life or enter your life that's LESS than the BEST? Is your mentality still with the things that are of "lesser value"? Whatever it is, God's speaking to you too.
"Are you willing to wait for the best?"
I do praise God I passed this test *phew* but now I'm making sure to pay attention to what does enter my life. I wanted shoes, but today I wasn't all too bothered that I didn't get them when I wanted them (huge milestone if you knew me before!). Even after a word from who I was with, I agreed that I had a chance to go check out the other stores tomorrow.
We're all waiting for something, and it's true, it's hard sometimes, but we have to wait. We have to wait on God's best, and He will provide. He will provide all that you need and more, and He will make sure to provide it at the right time.
It's time to think about that. To think about what to do when you're settling. It's time to ask the Lord to lead you to nothing but the best and to change your mentality to fit His.
The Word says that "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." James 1:17
So don't settle for anything other than God's best. :)
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
Joyce Meyer once wrote that: "For change to occur in your life, you can't be a prisoner of your circumstances. Know that God is willing to help you today. You just have to decide to trust Him, get up, and actively pursue the freedom He's giving you."
When I read this statement, I thought to myself: "wow, what a powerful message."
She was referring to John 5:8 where Jesus said to an invalid, "Get up! Pick up your mat and walk."
How many of us are living in our struggles? How many of us are being identified by our struggles? And why do we allow ourselves to be distinguished by our troubles, and to make excuses for them?
In John 5:1-10 we see that Jesus asks an invalid if he wanted to get well. Instead of answering with: "YES I DO!! PLEASE HEAL ME", the invalid just replied, "Sir, I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me."
I understand that his attitude was the result of being an invalid for 38 YEARS (verse 5), and so his mind frame had been altered to emulate his disability.
I sense a lot of us are still in this holding place.
In our struggles and circumstances, some of us have aimed to make excuses and have often shed the prospect of ever seeing things get any better. I hope that I can encourage you today.
Is a girl who fell deeply in love with Jesus,