Tuesday, July 21, 2015

My Excitement In God's Joy And Peace! Part 2

 This is a lot shorter then Part 1 of my journal entry, but I thought I'd share it separately because I wrote it separately about 20 to 30 minutes later.
Let it be a reminder to everyone (including me) that God's ways will always make us and Him happier and NO ONE can take away His love from us! 
God bless! :D

 "I just want to say that if I ever get down and doubt that this joy, peace, and excitement in me was of God, I hope I see this as a reminder because this happiness in me feels so unreal and it's nothing this world could give me because this is a happiness no one can take away.
May I have the courage to follow God's ways no matter the task!"

Monday, July 20, 2015

My Excitement In God's Joy And Peace! Part 1

This is my journal entry from yesterday (Part 1)! I wanted to share my experience from when I met with God yesterday, but this is the best I can do for you for now. 
I ended up running late for the morning service and missed Sunday School because I was having such a great time -like never before - reading the Bible and just praising God! I am so excited because God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are so real! 
By the way, I got baptized yesterday too!!! YAY!! :D
Feel free to share about your favorite moments with God too whether it's in the comments or via your social networking sites because it's encouraging to all!
Please remember that God is good - always! :D 

-----Sunday------ 10:35 a.m.-------- 07/19/2015----

"I just want to say in the simplest words I can -
  Hallelujah I can come unashamed to a holy God!
  Hallelujah for a high priest making intercession for me!
  Hallelujah for a hand to pick me up when I've fallen!
  Hallelujah for grace!
  Hallelujah for mercy!
 Praise God for His goodness to me!
 Praise Him for His undying love!
  God is good all the time!

Romans 3:19-28, Romans 10:11, and Ephesians 2:8-9 just encouraged and strengthened me so much in faith through Christ Jesus ALONE! God's mercy and grace is so good!
I was baptized before without fully grasping this concept, but now that I get it I want to be baptized again!
Because of God's goodness I can represent Christ in this world and start by being baptized just like Acts 2:41 says!
Psalm 119:109a says "My soul is continually in my hand:"  but thank God it's no longer through my works in the law to redeem it, but God seals it because I've been redeemed!
  Hallelujah my debt is payed!"

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

A Clear Conscience by Charles Spurgeon - Only Part 1 (Link Below to rest of it)

Then I shall not be ashamed, when I have respect for all your commandments. [Ps 119:6]
1. Any attempt to keep the law of God with the view of being saved by it is sure to end in failure. It is so contrary to the express warnings of the divine Lawgiver, and it runs counter so much to the whole gospel, that he who dares to seek justification by his own merits ought to be ashamed of his presumption. When God tells us that salvation is not by the works of the law, are you not ashamed of trying to procure it by your obedience to its precepts? When he declares that by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified in his sight, are you not ashamed to go and seek after justification where he tells you it never can be found? When he over and over again declares that salvation is by faith, and that it is a matter of grace to be received, do you not blush for yourself that you should make God a liar, and propound a righteousness from your own conceit, in which you have vainly tried to keep up a respectable appearance, screening the palpable delinquencies of your life under a thin veil of piety towards God and charity towards men? Eternal life is not to be earned by any trade you can carry on in works of the flesh; because, however esteemed in the opinion of men, they are simply abominable in the sight of God. If a man seeks to keep the commandments of God in order that he may attain eternal life by it, he will be ashamed and confounded. He had better at once renounce the folly of attempting so insane, so futile, so impossible a task as that of defending his own cause and justifying his own soul. But when a man is converted, when he has believed in Christ Jesus to the salvation of his soul, when he is justified by faith and his sin is blotted out, when he has obtained mercy, found grace in the eyes of the Lord, and entered into the rest of faith, because he knows that he is a saved man, then in keeping the precepts of the law he will gratify a strong inclination. In fact, it henceforth becomes his highest ambition to be obedient, and the great delight of his soul is to run in the ways of God’s commandments out of gratitude for the great benefits he has received. And let it never be imagined that, because Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, there is therefore a complete removal of all moral constraints and restraints from Christian men. We are not under the law, but under grace, yet we are not lawless and libertine, since we have become servants of God and followers of Christ. Indeed, but we are under another law — a law of another kind, which works upon us in another way. What if a man says, “I am free from the police, and the magistrate, and the judge, and the executioner,” does it therefore follow that he is free from the rules of his father’s house? Assuredly not. The child may be quite clear of the police court, but there is a rod at home. There is a father’s smile; there is a father’s frown. And though Christians shall never be punished for their sins so that they can come under condemnation, since they are completely delivered from that evil calamity by Christ, yet being children of God they come under another discipline — the discipline of his house and home — a discipline of chastisements not at all of a legal caste; for, however bitter the suffering it often entails, though he causes grief he will have compassion; the rebukes are sharp, but the retribution is not vindictive: and the Lord is accustomed to smile with approbation, to speak with commendation, and to bestow his compensations with liberal hand on those who seek his face, listen to his voice, and do his bidding. When he has committed to us some service which he only could qualify us to discharge, he has often caused us to partake of the fruits in abundant joy. Now, I shall endeavour to bring out this principle while I am speaking upon our text. Those who are children of God should seek after universal obedience to the divine commands. They should have respect for all the Lord’s commandments. If they do so they will have a full requital; and this is the reward. “Then I shall not be ashamed, when I have respect for all your commandments.”
(Here is the link to the rest of the sermon which I am currently working through ) - https://answersingenesis.org/education/spurgeon-sermons/1434-a-clear-conscience/

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


I have to admit that I've been feeling God staying very distant from me for a few weeks now and it's been really hard spiritually because if I'm being honest I know it's because I sinned and didn't know how to say the simple "God, I'm sorry." because it just seemed cliche...
I was talking to one of my friends this morning and just wanted to say that God really used her to put my focus straight on some things and when I wasn't sleeping today I was really  thinking about it and trying to ignore the nagging feel in me that I needed to take the time to apologize for what I'd done wrong. Well, tonight I've been listening to Amy Grant's album "How Mercy Looks From Here" and Moriah Peter's album "Brave" and just hearing some of the lyrics made me realize that grace is always there for me, even if I don't feel worthy of it. Really, I have to be messed up in the head to ever feel like I deserve it.
Satan does a good job of making me feel like God holds every single sin over my head from all of my past when I fall just one time. I know I'm not the only one to believe that lie and it's crazy to admit I even fall for it every time but Satan is the god of deceit and is very good at mind control. 
Here is what God says about my sin -
"I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins." ~ Isaiah 43:25 (KJV)
He does it for His own sake! Not for mine, but for His! Isn't that amazing!!
I was praying and telling God how it hurts when He ignores me and then it all of the sudden hit me and it was like He was saying "Well, that's what I feel like when you ignore me." and that's when I realized that it really does hurt God when I (or any of us) sin. 
I know I make mistakes and I'm sure I haven't made my last but it's good to know that I have God's forgiveness and grace for all time and that He's always there for me! 

"Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:"

                                       ~Philippians 1:6 (KJV)