He Is Jealous For me

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John 15:5; I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

Have you ever craved someone’s attention so bad that you would do whatever you needed to do to get their attention? When I think of that illustration it makes me think of  how God is when it comes to His children. God loves us so much and he wants us to want him! God will allow things to happen in our life to get our attention and also grace us with another chance to come to him! People may question Why is it so important to  have a relationship with God? As believers we come across a lot of obstacles not saying that people in the world don’t, but the obstacles that we face we can’t face them like everyone else. Having a relationship with God will help you make the right decisions, it will help you deny your flesh and deal with situations in a way that will avoid confusion and chaos. 

When you have a relationship with God he can speak to you in a moment where you feel lost, you will have a bond with Him that no one else has. You won’t have to question if he is with you, if he is listening because you know who he is and He is in you. God gave us his love without conditions, he just wants us to draw close and commune with Him. How amazing is that? In the world we live in today we have to be mindful of who we build relationships with because people have ulterior motives… but not God! When we build a relationship or better yet a foundation in Christ we don’t have to look over our shoulder or question Him because HE IS LOVE AND HE IS PURE!! 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
                                     
   Date Nights with my Lord!
During my current season of Singleness I have built a pretty solid relationship with Jesus to the point to where I have date nights with him. I know it sounds silly! But I truly  enjoy them! The night would consist of worship , the word, prayer, and me talking to God. I would  literally have conversations with God about every and anything! Keep in mind when talking to God he hates murmuring and complaining so try not to complain =) . There is something about sitting at His feet and being able to  just soak in his presence, there is such a peace that comes over me and nothing else matters to me at that moment.  I find it that in my single season that’s where my relationship with God has grown a lot because there are no distractions aka boyfriends!  
I want us to take a moment and evaluate our relationship status! If I were to give you a piece of paper that asked you what’s your Marital Status with Jesus what box would you check off?
Single? – You love your freedom, dance to the beat of your own drum, no accountability, one minute you want God next minute you want your flesh.
“It’s complicated”? – You know to do right  and want to do right but you are on the fence on whether or not you want to do right! You are torn in between stages! 
Engaged?– you’re in a relationship with God, but your still trying to figure things out and getting your commitment to where it needs to be so you can be all he has called you to be.
Married?– You’re fully committed, all you want is God.. you have eyes for no one but HIM!  He is the first person you think about when you wake up to and the last person you think about  before you go to bed. You live on purpose for Him,
Divorced?– You feel overwhelmed, suffocated, can’t candle it! Rather do this thing we call life on your own… Your better off alone and doing things the way YOU want.
Which one would you choose? 
How can I deepen my relationship with God? 
  • Seek God On Purpose; Isaiah 55:6-7; Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

You do not have to wait for something to happen for you to seek God. Unfortunately it takes drastic measures to get people to see God. Seek him on purpose. Do not wait for a feeling just do it! If you wait to “feel” like seeking God you may never do it .

  • Deny your flesh; Galatians 5:19-21;Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

I cannot stress this more and more we need to DENY! DENY! DENY! our flesh. The word says our spirit is willing but our flesh is weak! Our inner man ( spirit) wants that relationship with God but because we are wrapped in flesh, born and shaped in iniquity the temptations around us tend to look more appealing and satisfying than what we know is right. When you get to the point where you can deny your flesh and have self control it will be hard for the enemy  to dangle bait in your face and you take it, because you have self-control and a relationship with God.

  • Separate Yourself: 1 Corinthians 7:15; But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.

Distance is most of the time necessary! When you spend time by yourself you don’t have distractions. You can spend time with God learning about him, growing in him, letting him do a work in you that will draw you to your purpose. Most of the time when you seperate yourself from the crowd God will show you the people who you surround yourself with. Sometimes the people who we surround ourselves with is what is causing confusion, distance from God,  chaos, and just unnecessary issues.

  • Pray: 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Pray without ceasing,

Last but not least….PRAY!! Your prayer life is the way we communicate with God. Communication with God is what helps our relationship with him grow and become strong.

So I want to challenge you guys to have date nights, or quiet time with God. Let him minister to you. Get to know him and build a relationship with him.

I hope this blessed you and encouraged you as well.

xoxo.. Z.M.

Make a Joyful Noise

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. ( Psalm 100) 

Have you ever found yourself smiling or singing? Not for any particular reason just because? That’s how I like to live my life. Happy, Joyful, Excited not for any particular reason just because! I’ve had people come up to me and ask my why  I’m always smiling or why am I always happy, as if its a bad thing. It’s almost as if some people feel like  being happy has to come with a reason.

Our joy is spread through the good news of Jesus’ loveIt’s not enough to be filled with joy and keep it to ourselves. He wants us to share his love with others. Now, You may be thinking what is “Joy” exactly? Is it being happy 24/7?Always smiling? finding the positive in the negative? staying positive? Well after much research I found what I feel is the best way to describe joy! Its That deep awareness that whatever our circumstances may be, they are orchestrated by our God for our good. After seeing this definition it made me look at Joy in a different way. No matter what we go through there is always joy on the other side.  

The Prodigal Son

I want to take a quick look in the book of Luke 15:11-32  I want to talk about the prodigal son real quick when you get the chance i encourage you all to read this chapter. There was a man who had two sons and the father had a inheritance for his sons to have when he died. The younger son did not want to wait for his father to pass he wanted his share right then and now. The son demanded that his father give him his share, so the father did such. A few days later the son gathers all his belonging and left his father’s house and traveled to a distant country where he wasted his fortune on reckless immoral things. Fast forward the son’s joy and excitement soon came to an end when a famine came and the son was now homeless and had no food to eat. He ended up looking for work and was feeding pigs he became desperate to the point where the pigs food started to look appetizing to him. The son knew that he would die of hunger if he stayed where he was. 

The son could no longer continue to live like he was , so he started to practice his speech for his Father because he knew he had to go home this was just unexceptional. Fast forward some more, he gets to his father’s house and says ” Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son” The Father was so excited to see his son and became compassionate for him that he threw a feast for his sons return home. Now the older son was out in the field and when he returned home he heard music and saw dancing and did not know what was going on. The Father told the son that his younger brother came back home. The older son was furious as to why there was a party going on for his brother who was ungrateful. The father’s response to his son was ” Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. But it was fitting to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was ( as good as) dead and has begun to live. He was lost and has been found”. 

Joy is an easy thing to lose but also an easy thing to get back. There are things in our lives that can take away our Joy such as losing a job, people being mean, someone passing away, people on your job even people in your church ( lets be honest). You have to look at your life and examine what is taking your joy?  Once you’ve figured that out then it must be corrected.   (Lamentations 3:40 says “Let us test and examine our ways. Let us turn back to the Lord) 

7 Things you should know about Joy:

  •  Wordly Joy is not going to sustain you.

(Job 5:20; That the triumphing of the wicked is short, And the joy of the godless but for a moment.)  In other words wordly joy is temporary and it comes and goes depending on the situation at hand. 

  • True Worship and Joy go hand in hand

( 1 Chronicles 15:16; And David spake to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brethen the singers, with instruments of music, psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding aloud and lifting up the voice with Joy) When I worship I have joy exuding out of me and I say that because nothing gives me more joy than being in Gods presence but not just that being able to sing to him and show him how much he really means.  Worship is the time where you can be intimate with Him and Love on Him. 

  • Joy is a Gift from God 

( Galatians 5:22; But the fruit of the spirit is Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…..) Joy is a gift from God. As believers we should be walking in the fruits of the spirit. God commanded us to and since Joy so happens to be one of the attributes we must obey!

  • Doing God will, will increase your joy

( Philemon 1:7; For I had much joy and comfort in thy love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through thee, brother.)Who wouldn’t feel good knowing that they are pleasing the Lord. Think about when you were younger and you would get praised for doing something right! You would feel really good about yourself and be on cloud 9. As believers when we do what we know is right and living how God called us to live and  just being obedient and righteous you feel like you can take on anything nothing can take your joy.

  • Never let Circumstances steal your Joy

( 2 Corinthians 6:10; As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing.) We tend to let things that we go through tear us down and make us feel less than. We all face trials throughout life but knowing that Gods Love overrides our flaws should cheer us up. Yes we make mistakes and stumble but knowing that our Lord is merciful, forgiving and gracious should make us walk in the joy that we have been given. Now just because our God is merciful, forgiving and gracious that’s not a pass to act up on purpose. (“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness” (James 1:2-3).

  • The only thing that can steal your joy is “Sin”  ( James 4:17; It is sin t know what you ought to do and then not do it) 

As believers when we continue to sin and live more so for the world then for righteousness and holiness that should not feel good to you. Anything that disappoints our heavenly father and goes against what he tells us to do should definitely have an effect on us. Think about how sad, mad, frustrated God gets when we continue to sin, repent, and do the same sin again, breaking our vows to Him. Thinking about how our actions make God feel should cause us to want to change and have Joy again.

  • Rejoice ALWAYS!!! 

 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”

I want to challenge us all to walk in Joy, no matter what your facing walk in Joy. What your facing is temporary and you will come out victorious and rejoicing!

God! I need Direction… HELP!

You know you have a purpose, you have a desire but You don’t know where to go, how to start or even if your going in the right direction! God has you covered. It is time we lean and rely on God not self. If we seek self instead of God we are destined for disaster! Lets look deeper into how to get to where God destined us!! =)

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Can’t Walk With The World & Walk with God.

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Revelations 3:16-17 ( AMP); So because you are lukewarm (spiritually useless), and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of My mouth [rejecting you with disgust]. Because you say, “I am rich, and have prospered and grown wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked [without hope and in great need],

Why are you a believer? Why do you go to church?

Christians are often mocked because we have a reputation of not practicing what we preach!  One minute we say we love God and call ourselves made in his image, living holy and righteous before Him, and then in the same breath we have the mannerisms of the world. We are in the world, but we aren’t supposed to be of the world. Obviously we can’t put ourselves in a bubble separating ourselves from the world, but we need to have self- control and learn to not give in to the acts of this world.

Matthew 15:8 This people honors me with their lips,but their heart is far from me;

We aren’t supposed to get caught up in the world’s way of

  1. living
  2. selfishness
  3. greed
  4. strife
  5. envy
  6. gossips
  7. enmity with God, etc.

We are to be different, set apart by how we live our lives. Do you really think God can move and work through us, if on the inside all we have is a whole bunch of filth, confusion, lust, and perversion from the world? God needs us to have his likeness.

How can we compel others to come to Christ when we mirror the world? That sounds very silly right?  We want people to know the God that we serve and have that relationship and intimacy, but we ( the examples) are living like hellions. We must really ask ourselves who is my God? Am i really serving God? Where do I want to live for eternity Heaven or Hell? ( yeah, I went there!) BUT, Really think about it.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

There are no grey areas when it comes to living for Christ! Either we are all the way sold out for Christ or all the way sold out to satan. God would actually prefer us to be either HOT or COLD! I say this because if your COLD God can work on you and get you to the place where you  want a relationship with him! If your already Hot and on fire for God great! God is a gentleman so he will not force himself on no one. His arms are opened wide ready to receive you, but if your back is towards him and you have shunned him then so be it.

God hates Lukewarm people it’s vomit in his mouth and he will spit you out!

Revelations 3:5 ( AMP); He who overcomes [the world through believing that Jesus is the Son of God] will accordingly be dressed in white clothing; and I will never blot out his name from the Book of Life, and I will confess and openly acknowledge his name before My Father and before His angels [saying that he is one of Mine].

Are you Lukewarm?

                        Characteristics of a Lukewarm believer:

  • They only come to God when they have a problem
  • They are selfish and only think about what God can do for them.
  • They don’t trust God and twist the word to fit their sin.
  • They compromise with the world because it’s the most “popular” choice.
  • They only want to be a Christian because they are afraid of hell.
  • They never share their faith.
  • They think they are Christians because they do good deeds.
  • They care more about what others think than what God thinks!

Living for Christ comes with sacrifice. When you come to God and say the sinner’s prayer and accept Him as your Lord and Savior it’s time to die to the old you. So that means  if you enjoyed partying, drinking, smoking, lusting after women/ men, being provocative, fornicating, cursing, listening to worldly music and watching certain TV Shows, all that has to comes to an end.

If it does not glorifying God you do not need to entertain it. It’s time to put old things in the past and start over, living fresh and a new for Christ. It’s time for a spiritual purge.

This is why we get baptized after we accept Jesus into our hearts. Being baptized symbolizes you dying to your old self ( going under the water) and coming up a new person ( coming up from the water). After becoming a new creature you will have to practice dying to your flesh and get your life with Christ in order. It takes time to be totally delivered especially after  , there will be  plenty of denying yourself, fasting and praying that will take place!

We have to continuously stay at the feet of Jesus and cry out for our souls to be delivered and set free. 

If you really want God you will try your best to live for him and set a standard for yourself.  God is aware of who is truly living for him. God looks at the heart and can see those who spend time with Him daily and making an effort. If you are purposely sinning and doing what the word of God says not to do then that makes God very upset and displeased. 

We as the body of Christ must raise the standard and  do better. We all have a purpose, and that is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and want souls saved, delivered and set free from bondage. We all have a part in God’s plan.

There was a time when people went to church, heard the truth and wept over their sins. Today….. people go to church hear a motivational speech and ignore their sins. 

     “Part-time Christians cannot defeat a full time devil”

Satan would love nothing more than for us to  become distracted by the world and become lukewarm to the pureness of Christ.The devil will make you feel like if you don’t follow the crowd and what is “popular” then you are an outcast and a reject and he knows that we are all about our emotions and we let that dictate what we will do and will not do.  

In this day and age everyone wants to be accepted and liked by one another, that we lose who we are to impress those who could care less about our soul salvation!

We cannot fall for his tricks. We have something greater than this world to help us. Let go of things that are of the earth, and “put on therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, humility and perseverance; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other”

It’s time we stand up to the devil and let him know who and whose we are he can’t touch us! It’s time that we take back our walk, take back our identity in Christ and let the devil know he should have his way with you when he had you….But it’s too late boo! You are dismissed!

I hope this encourages you! Let’s rise up as the body of Christ! Set a standard and live as God intended for us to live! Stop giving room for the enemy to come in and wreck havoc!

                                                                       God Bless

xoxo.. Z.M.

Are you Genuine or Insincere about Worship?

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This topic just started to weigh heavy in my spirit. Every morning I listen to different christian podcasts to get myself in the right spirit, mind frame and to start my day off right. One of the podcasts’ that I was listening to was speaking on the topic of worship. The man of God asked a question, and the question was ” When you sing unto God what is your heart’s posture? Are you genuinely singing to God, and mean what we say? OR  are you just singing because you know the words? that is your  favorite song?  you like the beat?”. That was a question that I had to ask myself because I’m a Youth Praise and Worship Leader, so I had to evaluate my worship.

I’ve come to church not in the greatest of moods because I had a rough day and when I come to church I find out that I have to sing. I honestly don’t feel like singing, but I know that as a Praise and Worship leader it is my duty along with the body of Christ to set the atmosphere for  God to come in and  also help set the atmosphere for our Pastor to come and deliver the word of God. This is why it is important to:

  1.  Worship before getting to the house of God. Get yourself pumped and excited for what God is about to do in the service.
  2. Center you Heart before worship  Whatever you went through before coming to church leave it outside and come in to the house of God with a spirit of expectancy. 
  3. Arrive early. Get to church on time so you can pray and get yourself in the position to where God can come in and speak to you, move through you, break and transform you.

So before I step my foot on that stage I pray “Lord all of you none of me! Whatever emotions that I am feeling that are not of you take it out of me. I want you to get all the glory and honor and I want people to be able to sense your presence. I repent for coming into your house with the cares of this world, create in me a clean heart so I can worship you in spirit and in truth”. Now of course this prayer may change from time to time, but the Word Of God says we need to kill our flesh, so I make sure I am right in my spirit before worshiping God with a tainted heart.

Before we get DEEP! let me define what worship is. Worship is having reverent honor to God. For those of us who are not sure what reverence means, its deep respect for someone or something.  Coming to church and singing slow songs is not worship. The way we live, determines whether or not we are worshipers. The reason why I say that the way we live our lives determines if we are worshipers or not is because, God looks at our hearts posture. Praise and Worship originates in our hearts, If your worship is not pure than it means nothing to God. 

John 4:24: God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”                    

   

                                           True Worship Vs Familiar Worship

True Worship:  

John 4:24 (KJV);  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. 

When you TRULY worship God from your heart, there is no way that you can worship him with no emotion or feeling. Worship has true emotion behind it, you feel an emotion where sometimes you cannot contain yourself, you start crying , speaking in tongues, you let the Lord move as He please.

To get an idea of worship and the emotion think of it as falling in love with someone that you cannot visualize not being with for the rest of your life . When a man is getting ready to propose to love of his life they usually have this nice speech prepared.  The speech is usually the man telling his Lady how much they mean to them, the journey and the transformation of his life, how he couldn’t see a future without her  ( something along those lines).

The guy may get choked up and start getting emotional and cannot contain himself because they are overwhelmed with emotions that are explainable. Worship is just like that. You love God with all your heart, you have these love songs (worship) dedicated to Him expressing what He means to you, how much you love Him, how you’re not complete without Him, you don’t know where you would be today if you never met him.

Worship is also a form of intimacy with God.  When I worship God sometimes I think about the overall goodness and greatness of God, his grace and mercy on my life. I start to feel an emotion that is explainable sometimes I feel chills or I just start to smile, I can’t contain myself. You don’t have to be all over the place, falling out , screaming, laid out, for people to see or think that you’re in the spirit. Let it happen naturally. 

I always keep in mind that in order for our worship to be effective we must have a pure relationship with our Lord.  I try to stay in the spirit of Worship at all times good days and bad days, in and out of church. That is a MAJOR KEY!

 Psalms 51:1-11 I encourage you to read and get into your heart, you could even pray this prayer as well. 

Familiar Worship:

Familiar worship is more so like a ritual, they sing the same songs every service, your singing because they asked you to join in and participate. It’s not genuine or pure, your only singing because you “feel” you have to or because you were asked. Personally I see a shift when the songs are upbeat and you can move (that’s called praise) . If its a “popular song” or a song with a nice beat we tend to participate more and you don’t have to ask them to clap, open their mouths and sing. God wants you to WANT to worship him because you LOVE.

God is a gentleman he will NOT force himself on no man.

We as the body of Christ should not want the spirit of familiarity on us. That causes problems in the future.

What is your heart’s posture?

“It is not the body’s posture, but the heart’s attitude that counts”

An Obedient Heart– Obedience in itself is an act of worship. True Christian obedience flows from a heart of gratitude for the grace we have received from the Lord.

( Romans 12:1 )

An Expectant Heart–  A person will never receive beyond their expectancy! Expectancy is the key to the doorway of receiving God’s blessing. Expectancy opens your heart to hear and receive from the Lord Jesus Christ.  ( Hebrews 11:1)

I want to ask you a  few questions? Think about it, you don’t have to write it down you can just answer out loud or in your head:

  • Do I genuinely care about the people in the room, as God cares for them?
  • Am I transparent before the Lord about  my own brokenness and shortcomings?
  • Am I humble? Am I gracious? Am I genuine?
  • Am I holding on to bitterness or hurt feelings?
  • Have I taken in more of the world and less of the Word of God?
  • Release the sin through confession.
  • Receive God’s forgiveness and restoration of the joy of salvation.

Different Types of Postures for Worship.

  • Prostrate – 1 Corinthians 14:24-25 
  • Dance 2 Samuel 6:14-15 
  •  Bowing- Psalm 5:7
  • Walking and jumping.-Acts 3:8
  •  Lifting hands.-Psalm 28:2 

Conclusion :

Worship isn’t about people. Worship isn’t even about the music. Worship is about giving God the honor and glory he deserves. The deepest level of worship is praising God in spite of the pain, thanking God during the trials, trusting Him when we’re tempted to lose Hope and LOVING HIM when He seems so distant and far away. At my lowest, God is my hope. At my darkest God is my light. At my weakest, God is my strength . At my saddest, God is my comforter.

                    xoxox… Z.M.