Daily Transformation

 “If anyone would come after me let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me”

(Luke 9:23)

Good morning everyone and welcome to the weekend! Not gonna lie its been a hard week. Work has been crazy, my diet has been all over the board, and half the family is sick (to which I ask for your prayers because as we all know, this guy doesn’t handle sickness very well). In any case, we made it right? God is good and will always be there for us and never forsake us!

I titled this entry “Daily Transformation” because over the course of my social media growth, I have seen this disturbing trend that you only repent and ask forgiveness of your sins once. Before you all send the hate mail, please know I am not talking about Salvation. I believe with all my heart that if you have TRULY accepted Christ as Savior and asked Him to come into your life and pay the fee for your sins, then you are saved; period. Nothing can now destroy that relationship.

What I am talking about is our growth. Many feel that your initial act of repentance only happens once. That when you are saved this magic cloud comes upon you and you will never sin again. FALSE. Only ONE human ever walked or will ever walk on this planet without sin and I promise you its not you; and its surely not me, only Jesus Christ can make that claim. That is why Paul spoke the above message so clearly; once again..

If anyone would come after me let him deny himself, take up his cross DAILY, and follow me

(Luke 9:23)

Daily, Daily, Daily. Did you catch that? Daily. We must take up our Cross DAILY and follow Him. What do we think picking up that Cross means? It means that every day no matter how great you think you are, you sin. Just by breathing the air in this world, you sin. Once you have been saved, isn’t that sin paid in full? Absolutely! Again, we are not talking about Salvation but becoming more like Christ every day. To do that we must…

  1. Ask God every day to fill our souls with His Spirit
  2. Spend time in His Word every day
  3. Apply (Live) what you have read in His Word, yes, every day.

The list can go on and on, however, you get the point. We know that Paul was totally sold out to God, and we can be, as well. Sin, the flesh, and this world will continually vie for our attention and demand our participation. But when we die daily (repent), we consider ourselves unable to respond to those temptations. A dead man has no personal agendas or rights. He is not tempted to sin because he is dead to everything around him.

Do we not want this type of life with Christ? We are called to more than just avoid Hell; we are called to grow and fall more in love with Jesus every day. Amen?

Have a great Saturday everyone!

Agape Love,

David

Random Thought

If you are calling yourself a Christian you need not be perfect but you do need to be consistent in your beliefs, I see way too many Pastors, “Men and Women of God” berating people and groups of people that they disagree with. Do you not remember one of Jesus’ greatest teachings to love your enemies? What kind of witness are you portraying to people with this kind of rhetoric? Are you so great that you can now throw the first stone? Its not biblical and you all should know better.

There is a way to stand up for your beliefs and do it in love. End of story. BE BETTER!

There Is Still Time

Joel 2:12 -“That is why the LORD says,”Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning.”

During this Catholic holiday of Lent, I wonder how many have actually given their hearts to the Lord Jesus? First things first friends..

Blessings,

David

Merry Christmas To All

Good morning everyone and Merry Christmas Eve! I am writing this short blog post today as I have two little Grandsons who will be opening Santa’s presents at this time tomorrow. 🙂

I just want to say thank you to all that have joined me in this adventure this year. There have been a lot of ups and downs in my life but at the end of the day God is good and still in control Amen? Spend this day with those you hold most dear, speak a positive word, and love them more than ever before. Most of all, show them the Light of Jesus this Christmas and give them the gift of all gifts, Amen?

Love you all and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

David

70,000 Views

As the year comes to a close, just wanted to say once again a big Thank You too all that have shown support to me over this time. Many have come and gone but a few of you remain which I appreciate so much.

Over 70,000 times now a post of mine has been seen. Only the Glory of God can do that! Will be trying some new things at the turn of the year so stay tuned and God Bless!

Agape Love,

David

Glorifying God

Reblogging for my peeps!

All You Need is Jesus

A life that glorifies God is a life that reveals God

Beth Moore

Image result for please God not manDoes my life glorify God? In all that I say and do, does my life reflect Him? It’s a question I ask myself constantly.

Life can get overwhelming at times, we all know this. And in those difficult times, are we focusing on the Creator rather than the created? Is our focus half-hearted? Or does our light shine before men, oozing out Christ’s love for others?

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:14-16

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Transparency

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Hello everyone! Its been a minute as the younger generation says. I will say right off the bat that if you are looking for a feel good message today, this post may not be for you. My wife and I have been going through alot and honestly at first I wasn’t even going to write anything. But my oldest son reminded me that I have always been transparent with my readers and that is partially what makes me relatable so with that I guess my open book continues…..

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that being a follower of Jesus is easy. I swear that is one of the biggest lies ever told. It is like some preach that the minute you become saved the heavenly lights open up and all is rosey and clear from that moment on. WRONG! (Not to mention Jesus never promised that so stop preaching it folks). Anyway, with that as a backdrop things for the last two years have been just one train wreck after another in my life. My bride and I have been in and out of the hospital with surgerys, near death experiences, career problems, family issues, I mean its like the book of Job all over again except not as many people have died. Maybe train wreck is too soft an expression for what we have been through in the last two years. Even our vacation we were so looking forward to wasn’t what we had hoped because of our health issues. And of course the inevitable question of “where is God in all of this” keeps popping up. I get alot of the usual Christian one-liners from folks because that is what they are programmed to say but real, physical action, not so much. And all the while it just seems like God is sitting up there on His hands watching the carnage unfold…..

I told you this wouldn’t be a pleasant post right? Oh and I forgot to mention that we just moved in with my in laws to help them out of a financial jam. That too is going swimmingly…..So what now, what do I do? Well God knows my displeasure with all of this happening and two things have come to me this week which I will share with you now. (Maybe this will help someone out there that is also suffering with life..) 

1. Jesus also suffered. Suffered greater than me or anyone else ever would. Why? To save the world. If we are supposed to do all things through Him would it not make sense that we also would suffer to serve a greater cause? Even if unlike Jesus we don’t know the end result?

2. I have always told my oldest son that my life is alot like Moses’ was; I was to lead this family to the Promised Land but that I would never actually see it; that the next generation of my family would be the one. Then a couple of times this week Jesus whispered to me “why not you?” Then I thought, well, maybe that is why the Enemy is pulling out all the stops on us for he fears what my bride and I have on mission coming from God. Maybe that is the same for you today? Maybe its just life in an evil world but I’m convinced God has something special in store for all that seek Him…

Even knowing these two things hasn’t made this time any easier; we just want a break I guess. Then again, so did Jesus….Jesus could have used a break from all that suffering He went through but never got one until it was finished. Maybe our break will come sooner, maybe it wont but of everything I am not sure of, which is just about everything, the only thing that keeps this life upright most days is knowing that Jesus really is there at the finish line just cheering us on. One day all of this pain will be a distant memory; one day the suffering will no longer exist, one day all of our tears will be wiped away. Oh how I yearn for that day……

Agape Love,

David