Monthly Archives: December 2014

How Can this Be

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How Can This Be !!!!

How can this be? We have all asked this question from one time or another. Whether faced with a circumstance and the results are such that you just cannot explain how it happened, whether good or bad. Some of us have had situations when it looked one way but the outcome was different and you say how can this be? How did this happen it wasn’t suppose to turn out this way. Have you ever had a Joseph experience where the enemy meant one thing but God turned it around for your good? Or when you look back over your life and you wander God after all the things that I have done how can it be that you did not allow my past to overtake my future? I Just recently heard a song by Lauren Daigle called you guest it “How Can this Be” the words to this song made me cry and reflect on the goodness of God. And how He continues to bless His people even when by the cultures standards we are not suppose to be in the place that we now find ourselves to be. The words begin like this.

“I am guilty Ashamed of what I’ve done, what I’ve become, these hands are dirty, I dare not lift them up to the Holy one.”

We all have felt the weight of our sin, the guilt and shame has made us feel that we are not worthy to life our hands to the one that is Holy. Sin has made us feel that we can give ourselves to God because we have to change in order to be saved. Many people feel unworthy to serve God. I know I have felt this way, where the burden of not being perfect made me feel inadequate to serve God in the capacity in which He has called me to serve. My life story has not been perfect I have done some things that I am not proud of so because of the shame I have been in the place of not owning my past.   But here is some encouragement

“You plead my cause, You right my wrongs, You brake my chains You overcome
You gave Your life, To give me mine, You say that I am free, How can it be
How can it be”

You do not have to bear the weight of sin, how can this be? Because Jesus has already forgiven us of the sin. He has taken the weight from us, while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. He took our sin to the Cross and now we are free from sin. Jesus pleaded our case, he righted our wrongs, and he broke the chains so that we could be free. Why would he do that? Why would he give His life for ours? Love is the answer. God so loved us that He gave His Son for us. I want to encourage you today that you do not have to carry the burden of your past, when I look back at my life I have had to ask this questions many times and I sit in awe of my life now.   Certain things that have happen in my life according to the world’s standards I am suppose to be a high school drop out, living in poverty but that is not my story. I have just in the recent years have gotten to a place where I own my past but understand that yes I was not perfect and I made some mistakes but my past does not negate who I am now. My past experiences have helped shape who I am today. Jesus justified me and made me righteous GRACE IS ALL HE SEES now.

I’ve been hiding
Afraid I’ve let you down, inside I doubt
That You still love me
But in Your eyes there’s only grace now

How can this be? Grace is your answer Jesus does not see your sin anymore, but He sees the Grace that has been poured over you. Do not be broken by the weight of your past let it go and accept the free gift of GRACE.   My prayer for you today is that you always stay in awe of God’s mercy never forget what He has done for you but don’t let your past guilt you out of what God wants to do for you now. Just like the angel Gabriel proclaimed to Mary the mother of Jesus, when she asked this same question how can this be? The answer that was given by the angel “you are highly favored and blessed of God.”

Always Love,

Teresa

 

“How Can this Be” Songwriters
INGRAM, JASON / MABURY, PAUL / JOHNSON, JEFF Published by
Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, MUSIC SERVICES, INC

Read more: Lauren Daigle – How Can It Be Lyrics | MetroLyrics

 

Make God your priority

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Lately I have been trying to find a balance in my life. Between work, being a wife, mother, working in the ministry and now seminary I have found that my life can be very hectic. So I am learning to make God my priority and everything else will line up.

So many time we do things backwards we put everything ahead of God and then we wonder why our lives are spinning out if control and it’s not that activities are bad they are just out of place. But Jesus gave us a way out of the madness he said come to me all who labor and are heavy laden and He will give us rest. Then He tells us to seek ye first the kingdom of heaven and all other things shall be added to you.

You see the missing principle is putting God first. God wants to the center of attention in our lives not obligations. I am not saying not to have things to do but I am saying that if we learn to put God first He will give us the grace to handle everything else.

So if your spinning out of control with all of your activities and obligations make God your priority, make time for Him and everything else will fall into place.

Love y’all
Teresa

WIN, GROW, SEND

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WIN, GROW, SEND

 

 

For the last 5 weeks I have been taking a discipleship class. This class is part of the seminary curriculum. Let me tell you I have learned so much in this class and I have come to the realization that I am personally falling short.   This class is about disciples sharing the gospel with a purpose of multiplying disciples. This is not a class that is about church growth or how to have another program but it is about the church fulfilling the GREAT COMMISSION.   Yes the Great Commission Jesus told the disciples before he left earth to ascend to heaven. Here are the words of Jesus.

 

The Great Commission

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

I have read this verse many times before but it has not resonated to me like it has through this class. Jesus left us a job to do and I wonder I am the only one that has fallen short in this area.  Am I the only one that wonders has the church lived up to its responsibility? I would guess to say that I am probably not the only one. For some time now I’ve had a feeling of ‘there has to be more than this’. I know that sounds a little ungrateful like what I have is not enough. What I mean by that statement is there has to be more in my Christian life than what I am doing or experiencing.   Church has become more of a ritual than a spiritual experience. Sometimes we become so familiar with things and people that we do not appreciate it like we did at the beginning. I believe that is what has happen to me and so many others. Lately the feeling of wanting more than what I have been experiencing and now through this class I know why. My focus has not been where it should have been. I should be busy doing the will of the Father and that is sharing the gospel. Don’t get me wrong I preach the gospel and I will be transparent here, I have not had that intimate relationship where I have led someone to Christ without being in a church setting.   Now before this class and writing this blog I would have been ashamed to say this but I think I have to be honest in order to help someone.   I believe that God wants us to get out of our comfort zone and embrace the lost to reveal Christ to them. We are supposed to be ambassadors and display God’s glory in the earth in order to do that we must interact with sinners. When you look at Jesus he always interacted with people whom others frowned upon so it is our job today. Our goal is to win, grow and send out disciples. Win them to Christ, help them grow in spiritual disciplines, to help them become mature Christians and then send them out to make other disciples. The process is continuous, win, grow and send I believe this is what the church is missing. Sometimes we are so focused on our problems and what we want than what God has called us to do.   Think about where you are spiritually and ask God what you can do to start winning people to Christ.