Good enough Isn’t Good Enough

Christianity is not about being just good enough. It’s not about sitting in the back of a room while others are encountering God. It’s not about supporting others when they are going through something (although it is important.) Christianity is not about being on the sideline while others are working and serving God. That’s not what it’s about.
 
Christianity is about being ALL-IN. Christianity is doing what Elisha did when he was called by Elijah. It’s about chopping up your life, your sins, your addictions, your comfortable life style and your desires, AND burning them at the altar. It’s about not having a plan B. It’s about doing what ever it takes to serve God.
 
If you are a “good enough” Christian, are you even a Christian? Or are you lukewarm? The Bible states very clearly that it would be better for you to be either cold or hot than to be lukewarm. You are either all in, or your all out. there’s no in between.
 
Like “I Have Decided” says, “I have decided to follow Jesus, No turning back, No turning back. The cross before me the world behind me no turning back. No turning back. Though none go with me, still I will follow, no turning back, no turning back.”
 
I’m All-In. Are you?

Victory! Sweet Victory!

 

Our King was dead, but death could not hold him. He is alive today. Will anybody say Amen? Death lost it’s sting! Hell has no victory! The bondage of sin has been broken.

Jesus has set us free. He died for everyone, not just the super religious, but for the lowest of the lows. He died for the murderer, rapist, and thief. He died for YOU! No one is to far gone for Christ.

That’s the good news! You can be free today. You can be loved today. You can be forgiven today. If you don’t know Christ, let me tell you something. Jesus faced the wrath of God, his father, so you don’t have too. He died so you can live. If you accept him as your Lord and Savior- as your King- you can live. He will love you like no other. He will set you free from anything and everything. He will forgive you, even for the worst act you’ve done.

You can have victory today! God is the only god that would willingly die for his people. He is the only god that you don’t have to please. He knows your not perfect, he knows you’ll screw up, but he loves you anyway. God said, “I love these people. I don’t want to pour out my wrath on them. I’ll give them a chance. I’ll send my son, my only son, to die for them. I’ll pour my wrath out on HIM instead. And then, my son will rise again. My son will have the victory over death!”

When he died, he wrote the check paying the price for everyone, and when he rose again, the check went through. You don’t have to do anything to go to Heaven. In fact you can’t do anything. The only way to Heaven-actually the only way to God- is by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

Some people say that you make him your Lord, but you don’t. He IS Lord. All you do is surrender to him and submit yourself under his authority.

If you want to be loved, forgiven, and freed, pray this prayer:

“Father, I know that I have sinned against you. I deserve death, but you sent your Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the price for me. He died so I may live. Thank you Father for sending Jesus to die. But Jesus did not stay dead. He rose again and was victorious.  Now Father, I accept you as my Lord and Savior. I acknowledge you as my King. I repent from my sins and turn to you for guidance. I want a personal relationship with you God. Fill me Lord, with your Holy Spirit. Guide me and use me God. Thank you for loving me even when I was your enemy. I love you God.  In Jesus name, Amen.”

 

If you prayed this prayer for the first time or renewed your relationship with God, welcome to the family. There’s a party going on right now in Heaven for you right now.

 

Here’s what you should do now:

  1. Tell someone- Tell someone you trust like a family member or a close friend. You can email me @ j-randolph@hotmail.com or jjrandolph2000@gmail.com
  2. Find a church- Finding a church is very important. You will learn and grow closer to God in a church. It will also provide you with guidance and support.
  3. Get a Bible- There is no better way to get closer to God than through the God’s word!
  4. Ask questions- If you have a question, ask someone. Questions can lead to doubt if unanswered. But you can also grow in knowledge with the right answers.

 

 

 

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Do I Really Matter?

 

 

 

Before I begin, I would like to apologize for not posting anything for a couple months. I had some issues to attend and family emergencies. Once again, I apologize.

Now I’ll begin. Do I matter? This is a question we all asked many times in life. I can guarantee you have said it numerous times. It’s not something to be ashamed of, everyone has asked it.

It usually comes to mind when things aren’t looking to good. Like when you have a bad day or you mess up something. It never is asked when we accomplish something, or discover something marvelous. I wonder why.

Maybe it’s human nature. Maybe  it’s the truth. Maybe you don’t matter. Or maybe, it’s a trap. A trap that the enemy places in the back of your mind, always present, to fool you. To make you doubt.

So that when you fail, you go back to that question, and you begin to question everything. You question your life, you question your dreams, and you question God.

When you ask, “Do I matter?” you are really doubting God. You are throwing everything God planned for you, everything he’s given you, in his face. You are saying that you don’t trust him.

Now I’m not trying to shame you. I’m not trying to make you ashamed. I’ve done this too.

Here’s the truth. You do matter. The Bible says that God formed you in your mother’s womb. That he knitted you together. He has a special plan for you. God has laid out great things for your life.

You matter so much, that he sent his ONLY son to die on a tree for you. Not because we deserve it, but because he loves us. Everything he has done, and everything he will do is because you matter.

The enemy will try to trip you and scare you. It’s only because he knows that you are meant to do great things. Why else would you go through everything you’ve been through? Why else would you have had all those trials?

So do you matter? Definitely. Your life has meaning. Your life has a purpose. Don’t make the mistake that thousands of people have. Don’t make the mistake in falling in the trap that is asking if you matter.

If you ask that, you can be lead down a dark path. If you start asking that question, remember Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.”

Maybe the question shouldn’t be “Do I matter?” but “How can I show others that they matter?”

 

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Truth = Healing

 

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Healing is a process. It takes time to become fully healed, and more often than not, it’s painful. Most of the time you have to face the truth and the truth hurts. But the only way to be healed is to face it.

When you face the truth, you find things that are “unsettling.” Things you don’t want to face. Things that you might have pushed further and further into hiding. And when you face them you feel helpless and broken. Trust me I know. But this is when healing begins.

Healing begins when you face the things that you would rather hide and you feel broken. Truth floods the cracks in your broken heart. No matter how small those cracks might be, truth still floods in.

And God says, “Don’t worry, I’m here. I got you. I know it hurts, I know how you feel.” You might barely hear his voice, but it’s the voice that’s been there since the Garden of Eden. It’s the first voice, maybe not the first voice you hear, but the first voice there ever was.

When you hear God’s voice you have two options. You could either listen to his voice and begin to be healed, or dismiss his voice and listen to one of many voices the enemy throws at you. You know what I’m talking about, “You’re worthless. It’s all your fault. You’re a failure.”

But if you listen to God’s voice, you will be healed. Not over night, but over time. The truth that I wrote about earlier will begin to repair your heart. It will start “scabbing over” your wound. And eventually your wounds will become scars. Those scars will tell a story and you will be able to say, “Look at what God has done! This happened to me, but now I’m healed! God saved me! He made me new!”

And oh, what a blessing it will be. God will heal you, and change you. He will make you a new creation, better than ever before. God will use your story to touch someone else.

Healing is messy. It’s a continuous battle. A battle, which sometimes you have to fight alone. Not all the time, but sometimes. There is a lot of ups and downs. Sometimes it feels like you take two steps forward and three steps back. But there’s always a sunrise. Night doesn’t last forever. When the sun rises, the SON reigns. I’m not saying the Son doesn’t rain in the night, but when it’s dawn, he shines ever brighter.

When you are healed, the Son will be present. He will be impossible to miss in your life. I can’t help but remember a verse from “Give me Faith” by Elevation Worship. “I may be weak but Your Spirit’s strong in me. My flesh may fail, but my God, You never will.”

When you are at your weakest point, God is at his strongest. When you’re flesh fails, He will succeed. This is when you are healed. When you can say, “I am weak, I may fail, But God is strong, God does not fail! I am NOTHING with out Him. He healed me! He made me whole.”

I pray that whatever you are struggling with, no matter what it is, you are healed. Confront your problem with truth. If it is your father, confront him. If it is any other person confront them. They will give you truth. And it will hurt everyone involved, but your relationship will begin to heal.

Same thing with addictions. Truth will set you free. Truth will heal you.

Thank you.

 

To Die is to Live (Part 3 of Truly Living)

 

My last post was about living with a purpose, and living as a living sacrifice. I wrote about how living with a purpose shouldn’t be about yourself but about others. If you haven’t read it you can read it here.

This post will conclude the series, “Truly Living.” The Bible says that the only way to live is to die. I don’t mean physically die, but to die to your self. 1 Peter 2:24 says, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.”

If you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you become a new creation. Your old self has washed away. If you do not follow Christ, you might be physically living, but spiritually dead.

Sin is death. If you live in sin, which everyone of us did before we accepted Christ, you are dead. But if you die to sin, you become alive. In Luke 9:23 you read, “And he said to all, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.'”

Jesus pretty much said, “If you want to follow me, die to your sins and your worldly life.” If you die to yourself, you will begin to live for God. Jesus once told the Sadducees, “God is not the God of the Dead, but the God of the Living.” If you haven’t died to yourself, God is not your God. You must be alive to live with God.

Jessie Penn-Lewis once said, “The believer’s death with Christ upon His Cross therefore means being crucified to the world in all its aspects. Not to be a miserable, joyless person, but one filled with the joy and glory of another world. It is not the “cross” that makes us miserable, but the absence of it. It is a delivering Cross – a Cross that liberates you to have the very foretaste of heaven in you, as already sharers of the power of the age to come…. Glory to God for the Cross that severs us from the world, and the world-spirit, and makes a way for us into another world where all is peace and joy and love.”

So not only do you become a new creation and alive, you also become free from earthly desires, joyful and loving. Now, this doesn’t just happen overnight. No one is perfect. We all mess up sometimes, we all sin daily. That’s why Jesus says that we must deny ourselves and take up our cross daily.

It’s a daily struggle and it’s not easy. But when you die to your self, you can truly live. You are delivered from death. When you die to yourself, you are able to live life with a purpose. You can finally serve God with all your heart, mind, and soul. You will also be able to serve others.

Dying to oneself is the beginning. It isn’t the end. Thank you.

God Bless.

 

Part 1: Life

Part 2: Living With a Purpose

 

Living With a Purpose (Part II of series “Truly Living”)

 

 

 

In part one of the series “Truly Living” I talked about life and what it means. (If you haven’t read it yet, you can read it here: “Life (Part 1 of series “Truly Living”) ) This post is about what it means to live with a purpose. I believe that living with a purpose is part of truly living.

As an American, when I hear “living with a purpose”  I think of the American Dream. Succeed in life, set goals, work hard, and achieve the world. All of this is good, but it doesn’t cut it. The American Dream is all about living for yourself.

This “living with a purpose” that the world shows is superficial. They tell us to have fun and enjoy life, which is good, but it only lasts for a short amount of time. But what does the Bible tells us about living with a purpose?

The Bible tells us that living with a purpose is serving God and others, spreading the Gospel, and standing up for what’s right. Romans 12:1-2 says, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God.”

When we live life in service of others, and also serving God, we please God and are worshiping him. The verse above says to “present your bodies as a living sacrifice,” what this means is that you put others before yourself. When you serve God and others, you live life with a purpose.

It’s also saying not to be conformed to the world. Don’t live a selfish life. Life isn’t only about you. Even though the world says it is, it’s not. Don’t be fooled by what the world does. The world says that to live life with a purpose, you need to try to achieve the world.

Well, let me just say this, if you achieve the world, you lose your life. Why do you think all those people who “have it all” do what they do? They achieved the world! They might have it all but they are in chains. Now I’m not saying that you can’t be wealthy, I’m saying that being wealthy and achieving the American Dream is not the only thing in life.

Philippians 1:21 states, “To live is Christ, to die is gain.” We should look forward to going to Heaven, but we need to focus on the present. While we are still on the earth, we need to spread the Gospel.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” Mathew 28:19. In case you don’t know this is the Great Commission. This is where we are called to go out and share the gospel.

Every single one of us is called to share the gospel to others. If you are a follower of Christ, there is no reason why you shouldn’t share the Gospel.

The American Dream is not living with a purpose. Life is more than succeeding and becoming rich. It will not last. But if you serve others and share the Gospel it will last. It will impact other peoples lives in an incredible way.

That’s what’s living life with a purpose. This is truly living.

God bless

 

 

 

Life (Part 1 of series “Truly Living”)

 

 

 

Life. The simple definition of life is, “the existence of an individual human being or animal.” So life is pretty much existing for a short amount of time.

Existing is so simple. It’s pretty much taking up space. You don’t matter if you just exist. You’re just taking up space! But is it possible that there’s something more to life than just existing?

I refuse to believe that life is only existing. This blog post is part one of the series I’m calling “Truly Living.” The series is going to discuss what it means to truly live.

Genesis 1:26 reads, “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” God, the one who put the stars in the heavens, the one who created the oceans with their tides and currents, made us in his image. Do understand the importance of this?

Mankind was created in God’s image. That means we are creative. That means we are made to be joyful, loving, forgiving, and merciful. Our life has a purpose.

Life isn’t meant to just exist. We are supposed to live life to the fullest. We are meant to live with a purpose. That purpose is to be image bearers of God.

God gave us life so that we can serve others. Life might be short and death is certain, but through living life the way we were meant to live it, life has meaning. Life is all about serving. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

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Serving can come in different shapes and sizes. It’s holding doors for people. Sitting with people at lunch, helping people with homework. It could be anything. Serving is very important.

Life isn’t only about serving. It’s also about being in relationships with God and others. These relationships with people don’t necessarily be intimate, as in being a couple, but it could be having friends.

In God’s case, He wants an intimate relationship with you. He want’s to bless your life. He has a purpose and a destiny for your life.

He has given you dreams about your future. It might be creating a nonprofit or in my case becoming a pastor. These dreams give your life a purpose.

Dreams make it possible to accomplish something. You will leave your mark on the world. Pursue your dream. Find your destiny. Have a vision.

While you pursue your dreams, listen to God. God will guide you to your dreams and your destiny. Pursue God. This is what life is about.

Challenge yourself. Stretch yourself. Grow as a person. Create something beautiful, I’m not only talking about art, it’s music, writing, speaking, anything. Grow in Christ. Spread the Good News.

It’s not about existing. If you only exist, you will miss everything. Life is about serving others, being creative, pursuing God and your dreams. This is what life is. This is what living life to the fullest looks like.

I would love to hear what you guys have to say. Please leave a comment below. Thanks!

God Bless.