UNSPOKEN πŸ˜‘πŸ˜‘

We know that theory and practice are different, but do we really realize how shockinly different they could be? In my twenty-something years of life and with the little experience I’ve managed to gather, I realize that hearing, reading, assuming, thinking about something is SO different from experiencing the thing. There are many things people will tell us about their journey with God BUT there are many other things that remain untold-unspoken.

When you were receiving the life of Christ, they told you that you’ll experience so much peace, joy, riches, change, transformation, and so much more… and that your life “will never be the same again”; they’re not wrong, in fact it’s absolutely true but some other things remain unspoken.Β The fact that somethings are untold , many people are unaware of them and often when the topic of these unspoken things come up, controversies and judgements arise.

When you look at that choir leader, that pastor, that devoted christian guy, that handsome pianist, that preacher’s kid, you probably assume he/she has it all together because of the way he/she ‘s ministering; when you read my posts about God, you watch me preach, you read my blog, you probably assume that things are so perfect, that I know it all, that I really know this God I’m talking about; but it’s amazingly shocking how many Christians are suffering out there and the sad thing is, they can’t even talk about it because every other person assumes they’re doing fine. The fact that certain things are untold makes them feel ashamed, guilty, unworthy to share their struggles, or to talk about their experiences. They feel like they will not be understood and as a result they will be judged. On the other side, the non christians or the less devoted ones feel uneasy sharing their struggles with the devoted ones because they assume those ones can’t understand or relate because they “have it all together”.

You discover some young christians suffering from masturbation, pastors dealing with fornication, preachers struggling in their walk with God, others struggling with addictions, inferiority complex and so much more but these things are unspoken of in the church.

The challenges I have faced in this walk, and the frustrations that sometimes knock at my door… huummm! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ you even ask yourself if you’re on the right path BUT talking about it (with the right people of course!! πŸ˜ƒ) has been of tremendous help and the encouragement and motivation given have helped me to keep going.

This is to inform or remind us that men and women of God, devoted Christians, choir members, “big people”, “serious people”, new converts, old converts and just about everybody have serious challenges, they break down too, they need a listening ear too, they deserve understanding and no judgement because the walk with God can be bumpy and tiring sometimes.

Paul the Apostle always wrote to his children in the Lord even when he was in prison, to encourage them, to uplift them, to remind them, to help them because he knew that things get rough at times and we all need a pat on the back once in a while. He had weaknesses himself and saw God’s grace in those weaknesses that’s why He said to the church in Corinth that ”Β Each time he said, β€œMy grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2Corinthians 12:9.

If you’re going through challenges, a particular weakness, an addiction, frustration, God knows, He sees, He hears….but I know it sometimes feels like He’s gone silent or something—- You can get help! It’s okay to get help, Godly counsel is what you need. We’re one body – the body of Christ, so we’re there to encourage, motivate, uplift and help each other.

🌻  So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 🌻

🌻 Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 🌻

You’re not the worst person on earth, you’re not a sinner, you’re not condemned and you can go through it – but don’t remain in your corner and suffer alone. God speaks through people, He encourages us through others so i tell you sister, brother, it’s OKAY to talk, it’s OKAY to cry and get help.

Those people you see being so strong, so devoted, so faithful with God, so wealthy, so joyful, it’s ALL GRACE! They aren’t super people and they’ve got weaknesses too.

People are different, people’s walks with God are different, you don’t necessarily know what someone is going through, you can’t assume, no you can’t do that… let’s be kindhearted, understanding, non-judgemental and allow God to speak to someone’s heart through us.

God’s power and grace will be shown in those weaknesses; be rest assured of that.

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YOU ARE NOT A SINNER SAVED BY GRACE

I have been in conversations with people or should I say Christians and I”ll often hear them “humbly” say “ I am a sinner saved by Grace“.

It’s a very common phraseΒ Christians make and I used to ignorantly say that too.
It’s interesting to know that saying that you’re a “sinner saved by Grace” is a contradictory statement. It may sound right but it truly doesn’t make any sense.
Notice here that ” I am” denotes the present AND “saved” denotes the past; This means that you’ve been saved by Grace YET you’re a sinner which is completely ridiculous.

This is a faithful and trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance and approval, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost.
1 Timothy 1:15 AMP

The scriptures make us to understand that Jesus, The messiah came to save sinners. If Jesus came to save sinners, and you still confess to be a sinner , what then did Jesus’ death do? Did He come to save us sinners for us to still be sinners saved by Grace?

I did not come to call the self-proclaimed righteous who see no need to repent, but sinners to repentance to change their old way of thinking, to turn from sin and to seek God and His righteousness.” Luke 5:32 AMP

“To turn from sin” i.e to change our nature of sin~ our OLD way of thinking. Therefore there’s a change here.
Now if we talk of change , what then have we been transformed into?
I often hear people say “No one is perfect!”, “No one is righteous”, ” No one is holy, only God is holy.” Yes! That may sound really humble and modest but that’s just what the enemy wants us to think, because he knows the power that emanates from knowledge.
Permit me to announce to you today that by virtue of your new birth, you’re RIGHTEOUS, PERFECT, HOLY, and much more.

🌸This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT

EVERYTHING of the past is gone! So is that sinful nature, now you operate in a totally different dimension, in fact it’s not even you anymore, it’s basically Christ in you. (Topic for another day πŸ˜ƒ).

🌸 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV

🌸 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. Romans 5:19 NIV

🌸 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. 1 John 3:9 NIV

🌸 But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession.
1 Peter 2:9a NLT

We can see for ourselves that God sees us as righteous, holy and perfect NOT sinners!
I also discovered that some people call themselves sinners saved by Grace because they’re actually very comfortable living a sinful life, “after all they’re sinners”, “GOD will understand”, “even God knows a sinner can’t reach this level”, “this one is for holy people”,….. God doesn’t see us this way, therefore He has great expectations of us. If we’re Holy, He sure does expect us to act Holy, if we’re the righteousness of God in Christ-Jesus, then He sure awaits a righteous character from us. God tells us to be holy because he’s holy (1 Peter 1:16).
It’s imperative to know that sinners have no place with God.

🌼 We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. John 9:31 NIV

🌼 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:22-23 NIV

I know some of us may be wondering, and trying to understand this, asking ourselves questions like ..” I still do bad things, how am I perfect?”, ” humm does that mean I have never sinned since I accepted Christ?”, “but I still struggle with this attitude, am I also righteous?”….. Β YES! Absolutely, we often find ourselves doing things we don’t want to do, and not doing what we desire to do. That doesn’t make you a sinner! Sin is a nature, and Christ has killed that nature in us, He gave us a new life void of anything sinful. We’re born of Him, and we now live as Him. When we begin our walk with Christ, He gives a sweet and precious friend, the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit’s ministry in our lives is to transform us into the image of Christ. We all know a transformation is a process, so that’s why every now or then you’ll mess up and do ungodly things, but that doesn’t make a sinner. Keep walking with God and He’ll keep transforming you.

It’s either you’re a sinner, or you’re saved by Grace; you can’t be both.

Until next time,
Nadine M.K

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WHY ARE WE HERE? πŸ‘‚πŸΎπŸ‘€

It’s not always easy obeying that lil voice in your heart that tells you to do something which is unusual, out Β of your comfort zone, or simply different πŸ™ƒ.For me, realizing Β this blog, Β is an act of obedience to that gentle voice that has been speaking to my heart. And it’s interesting to know that the “lil voice”, “gentle voice”, “something” that speaks to our innermost being is the Holy Spirit of God . He’s ever so gentle that if you’re not keen, you won’t hear.

Alright …… I am here to encourage, share, motivate, teach, preach, listen, and just fellowship with you ☺️my brothers and sisters πŸ‘¦πŸ»πŸ‘§πŸΌ.

So encourage each other to build each other up, just as you are already doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 TLB

The Christian journey is not a solitary one, we all need each other and I have a burden to reach out to young people and share with them what the Lord lays in my heart and to learn from y’all πŸ‘‹πŸΎ.

We earnestly urge you, believers, admonish those who are out of line the undisciplined, the unruly, the disorderly, encourage the timid who lack spiritual courage, help the spiritually weak, be very patient with everyone always controlling your temper. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 AMPΒ 

I am not here to instruct you or tell you that I have figured everything out about this Christian race, No! There’s a lot more to know, God is interestingly deeper than what we imagine.

As iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens and influences another through discussion.Β Proverbs 27:17 AMPΒ 

Now you know why you’re here, you’re very welcome and I hope we enjoy this forum and bring all the Glory to God.( Remember we’re created for his glory- his magnificence; His absolute pleasure. Isaiah 43:7).

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