Are You One Of God’s Sheep Or A Goat for the devil?

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Matthew 25:32-36,40,41-46 says “All nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from goats. He will put the sheep on his RIGHT and the GOATS on his left. Then the King will say to those on his RIGHT, Come, you who are blessed by my Father: take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me… The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you , whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’. Then he will say to those on his LEFT, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did clothe, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me’… He will reply ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you not do for one of these, you did not do for me’. Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

I know the above scriptures is long but it is also very important for us to look at and understand what is going to happen soon. Jesus was telling those who were listening and now us about the final judgment. When Jesus comes back which will be soon God will separate the sheep from the goats and the sheep will have eternal life. Which category are you in, are you a sheep or a goat? I think everyday we should take the time to judge our own actions and ask ourselves these questions ‘what would Jesus do, and am I being a sheep or a goat’?

How many times have you passed that homeless person while you were walking into a restaurant and came out the restaurant full or with food, but didn’t share with the homeless man or woman? Well, in that instance if you will, you were being a goat and we all easily fall into this trap. We say we care and want to help but we take the time won’t to feed a homeless person. But instead we walk pass them with food in hand.

How selfish are we, why do we deserve to have food or money if we don’t share it with our brothers and sisters?. I know some of you are thinking well obviously they are homeless because they didn’t want to work hard like I did, or they drunk themselves out of a job, or I work hard for my money I’m not sharing. Well, how many times have you fell short of the glory of God and he still blessed you and loved you? Too many to count right, so why is it so hard for us to help and provide for others especially those who have done us dirty. What makes it so bad is that some of us call ourselves christians and/or followers of God but yet we do things like this and think like this.

God told us in his word to ” Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.. share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” – Romans 12:10,12. I think we need to go back over what love means because love is not repaying evil for evil, not feeding the homeless when you walk by them with food, not helping the elderly woman you see struggling with their bags. Love is self-less!!! 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 ” Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered. It keeps no records of wrongs, Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with truth. It always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

Brothers and sisters the small stuff matters as well as the big stuff and faith without deeds is dead! God says it as plain as day he will judge us according to what we have done, so don’t be the goat on the left headed to eternal death but be the sheep on the right. Make sure you are a sheep at all times so you can glorify God and then gain eternal life with God. I leave you with this:

“Be IMITATERS OF GOD, therefore, as dearly beloved children and live a life of Love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” – Ephesians 5:1-2

God Bless

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Selfishness In Marriage

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I am writing this blog based on an interesting blog I read just a few moments ago it reminded me of things I use to hear growing up. In this blog the author of the blog wrote about what it takes to make a marriage last long. The author included answers from the husband and wives who had been married from 17 years to 40 something years I believe. A few wives and husbands said keeping the wife happy. I think that answer is a very selfish one and shows there is a lack of love in that marriage.

Come on ladies how selfish can we be when we are married or in a relationship? That is the most selfish thing I have ever heard, ladies we need to do better and show our little girls how to do and be better. Can you show me where in the bible does it say in Marriage the man has to keep the wife happy or vice versa? Where in the bible does it say to be selfish? Marriage won’t last long with that type of mentality. You may wonder well you’re only 23 years old what do you know. I have been married for 4 years and yes I am only 23 but I know what I know from picking up God’s word and studying it. Now I am not saying my husband and I are perfect because we aren’t. Through God, prayer and sacrifice all marriages can and will work I definitely can attest to that. Marriage is not easy and God never said it would be, he actually said it those who marry will face many troubles in 1 Corinthians 7:28

However, love is not selfish! 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, but verse 5 says “It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs.”NIV God tells you what love is in this scripture and to top it of he is the greatest example of love because he is love. I know marriage is hard but it’s also fun to but selfishness can and will drain a marriage. In Ephesians 5:21-33 God tells men to love their wives and women to love and respect their husbands. Are you loving and respecting your husband if you’re always selfish? Is God selfish with you in his and your relationship? I think if we all take a moment daily and ask ourselves if how we treat others, would and do God treats us that way in our relationship with him. There would be way less divorces and sin in the world. I encourage you to talk to God, pray without ceasing for you marriage and your spouse and STUDY God’s word. Everything you need to know is in the bible don’t take my word for it read the bible and see for yourself and ask God to open your heart to receive his message.

God Bless

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Separation In Marriage

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I know the title of this blog may seem weird or confusing but I placed the above media from google images to sort of give you more of an idea of what I want to touch on today. My message is inspired by a sermon preached by Cornelius Lindsey called “The Divided Family” by Gathering Oasis a church he is the Pastor of. If you have not seen this message I encourage you to go and watch it on youtube now. The meaning of the title is, the couple is married but they are both going into two different directions instead of walking together in the same direction on one accord.

Mark 3:25 “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” NIV  I think this verse is a great explanation of how and why marriages fail if you will. Families are more divided than together nowadays and it’s for a number of reasons. The husband is headed in his own direction in the marriage and the wife is heading in her own direction in the marriage. With this happening how can the marriage survive that? let’s first talk about a marriage where one of the spouses is trying to grow in their faith while the other is stagnant or not a believer at all. In this example the wife and husband would be going in different directions. Which can lead to adultery, divorce, abuse and if children are involved it can really affect them in a negative way.

Husbands are you being the head of the home and loving your wife as Christ loved the church? This is a very important question for men (husbands) to ask themselves because that will let you know if you are following and obeying Gods word. If lets say husbands you are not doing the things in the above question I asked. Do you agree that maybe that is why the home is divided or why there is separation in your marriage? A lot of times separation happens in marriage because of the lack of communication and affection not being given or shown and if the marriage is not operating the way God intended it to.  If you are not talking to your wife about how you feel and different situations that may come up or occur in your life together, how can you be on one accord or how can you expect her to be happy? Since women are the weaker flesh how can you allow her to be the head of the home which verses you being the head of the home and you two making decisions together after talking to the Lord about it? Men you are the head of the home not the wife, so if you have placed your wife in a position that she is not equipped for how can your house stand and if you are not loving her the way Christ loved his church how can your house stand? So pray for you marriage and ask God to help you be the leader of your home and love your wife. If your wife is an unbeliever or stagnant in her faith than pray for her and witness to her through your actions, Godly actions. Also through your prayer and the grace of God she will change in God’s timing and in Gods way.

Ephesians 5:21-31,33 ” Submit to one another our of reverence (respect) for Christ. Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body of which he is the savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, noon one ever hated their own bodies. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”

Wives are you always nagging your husband, being disrespectful, selfish, trying to be independent and be the head of the home, yelling, not being submissive and demeaning him? If so why? How can doing all of these negative things bring you two closer together and on one accord? If you read Genesis 2:18 “The Lord God said it is not good for the man to be alone. I will make him a helper suitable for him.”  You’re suppose to HELP your husband not be the head of the home, that’s his job per the Lord and as the above scripture in Ephesians says you are also suppose to be submissive and respect your husband. If you’re being loud, rude, selfish mean and the other things mentioned above how can you expect your husband to want to communicate with you and show you affection and love if you’re making it hard for him to do that? You can’t blame him for everything and not take the responsibility for your part. If your husband is an unbeliever or stagnant in his faith then pray for him and witness to him with your godly actions and through your prayer and the grace of God he will change in God’s timing and in Gods way.

I think society plays a big role in why women do not want to submit to their husbands, why they want to be independent in their marriage and why men and women cheat on their spouses and or divorce. Why men treat women they way they do though their words and actions. We believers forget that we are in the world not of it and we follow what the world says submission is and marriage is instead of what God’s word plainly and clearly says it is. Listening to the world will draw us closer to it than closer to God. Only the bible (God’s word) can keep us near and draw us closer and closer to God. Everything we need is in his word, what we should do and how we should do it is in there we just have to read and study his word daily. The world will entice of with its ways if and only if we let it. I encourage you to check out these verse on marriage: Ephesians 5: 21-33, 1 Corinthians 7, Mark 10:5-9, Matthew 19:7,8, Matthew 5:31,32, Luke 16:18, 1Peter 3:7

God bless you

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Let Go of Selfishness

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Romans 18:11-26 NIV “11 Then six hundred men of the Danites, armed for battle, set out from Zorah and Eshtaol. 12 On their way they set up camp near Kiriath Jearim in Judah. This is why the place west of Kiriath Jearim is called Mahaneh Dan[a] to this day. 13 From there they went on to the hill country of Ephraim and came to Micah’s house.14 Then the five men who had spied out the land of Laish said to their fellow Danites, “Do you know that one of these houses has an ephod, some household gods and an image overlaid with silver? Now you know what to do.” 15 So they turned in there and went to the house of the young Levite at Micah’s place and greeted him. 16 The six hundred Danites, armed for battle, stood at the entrance of the gate. 17 The five men who had spied out the land went inside and took the idol, the ephod and the household gods while the priest and the six hundred armed men stood at the entrance of the gate.18 When the five men went into Micah’s house and took the idol, the ephod and the household gods, the priest said to them, “What are you doing?”19 They answered him, “Be quiet! Don’t say a word. Come with us, and be our father and priest. Isn’t it better that you serve a tribe and clan in Israel as priest rather than just one man’s household?” 20 The priest was very pleased. He took the ephod, the household gods and the idol and went along with the people. 21 Putting their little children, their livestock and their possessions in front of them, they turned away and left.22 When they had gone some distance from Micah’s house, the men who lived near Micah were called together and overtook the Danites. 23 As they shouted after them, the Danites turned and said to Micah, “What’s the matter with you that you called out your men to fight?”24 He replied, “You took the gods I made, and my priest, and went away. What else do I have? How can you ask, ‘What’s the matter with you?’”25 The Danites answered, “Don’t argue with us, or some of the men may get angry and attack you, and you and your family will lose your lives.” 26 So the Danites went their way, and Micah, seeing that they were too strong for him, turned around and went back home.

This particular situation in the bible is about speaking about selfishness, the Danites were searching for a place of their own because they had not yet come into their inheritance among the tribes of Israel. If you read the above scripture you will see how they went to Micah’s house took his priest and his household gods with a few other things. The Danites did not worship God, they worship idols and false gods even though they knew who God was. When they decided to follow God which was not to often they only followed him for selfish gain. I encourage you to read the whole book of judges for yourselves, actually read the whole bible.

In the old testament you learn a lot about how things were done under the old law and why Israel were stuck in the wilderness for 40 years. They were stuck because of things like the above scriptures, they were fickle people, one day they would follow God when everything was going good (selfish gain) when things were not going the way they wanted they would turn from worshipping God to worshipping idols and false gods. Why are you following God?? Take the time to ask yourself this question and really look in your heart for the answer, ask God to reveal you heart to you.Take a look at Proverbs 4:23 “above all else, guard your heart for everything you do flows from it” one more verse to take a look at is Luke 6:45 “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Our words and deeds reveal our true motivates and beliefs and even our attitudes. So if you are selfish that reveals a lot about your motives, attitude and belief.

God is never selfish, he blesses us even when we don’t deserve it because he loves us so much and wants what is best for us. let’s start following God to serve him not ourselves. One way to do that is by servanthood Philippians 2:3-4 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interest but each of you to the interest of others.”  We should all strive to change with the Lord’s help because we can’t change ourselves on our own but we should do because of Love. The benefit is  Love is very powerful, you do not how much you can help someone by constantly loving them. True love is explained in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 ” Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, it is not rude, it is not self-seeking. it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with truth, it always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails” and 1 John 3:16-17 ” This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?” It is such a beautiful feeling to love and help others for their benefit and not our own. I encourage you to try it and see how it feels to help someone not for your own benefit but for that person’s benefit.

God bless you

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Walking In Your Purpose

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What does walking in your purpose mean you ask, it means obeying the will of God, and faithfully and wholeheartedly being obedient in whatever he tells you to do. The plans that God has for you to do is for you and only you, You have to walk the path he leads on you on and sure enough that path with be bumpy but as you keep your trust in him you will fulfill your purpose through God. Everyone in the world has a purpose because God created us with a plan in mind for what he wants us to do. Many of us get impatient with God and take it upon themselves to do what they want to do and claim that, that is what God wants them to do. Those people get frustrated a lot of times and confused and then they go and blame God for the things that go wrong. When it is actually their fault because God didn’t tell them to go that way or do that particular thing.

You have made that mistake and even I have made that mistake, along with lots of other people and we make that mistake because we get impatient with God and want things to happen right away. God does not work that way, we can’t boss him around or rush him. We have to wait on his timing because his timing is perfect and right on time always! John 15:5 says: “I am the vine; you are the branches, if you remain in me and I in you; you will bear much fruit, apart from me you can do nothing.” I think this is a great verse for us all to remember,  Jesus is saying in this verse if we stay close to him we will be able to do anything through him but apart from him we will not be able to do a thing. So when walking in your purpose you have to make sure you are staying close to Jesus and obeying God no matter what.

Do not fret because you will lose friends and those who you have in your circle but God will always be there. But those who don’t walk this path with you are not there because they may be friends who are actually bringing you down versus building you up, they may be friends who don’t really believe that you can do what God has called you to do. However, God will send you friends and other people to have in your circle who will encourage you, uplift you, edify you and make sure you’re keeping on track with what God has called you to do. These are the types of people you want to surround yourself with anyway because having negative people, drama filed people in your close circle can cause you to become like them, like the saying goes you are what you hang around. At least I think that is they saying but I hope you get my point, Evaluate your circle and who you allow yourself to hang around and pray about it.

Now there are many Saints in the bible who followed and obeyed God no matter what and walked in their purpose that God had for them. A lot of them went through some suffering among other things but still kept their faith in God and did what he said, but there were some who fell away. I encourage you to not fall away but to keep on keeping on because God is always with you he will never forsake you. Job 3: 23-26: “why is life given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedge in? for sighing has become my daily food; my groans pour out like water. What I feared has come upon me: what I dreaded has happened to me. I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil.”  

I’m sure you know the story of Job and I am using him as an example for someone who went through suffering, This is a someone who had everything and was blameless but he lost everything but God was with him the entire time. Yes, Job complained a lot through his suffering and trials but I feel our suffering does not mean that God doesn’t love us or loves us less.   We can’t put a limit on him or his love and because he loves us does not mean he will prevent all suffering from happening to us. Going through trials and some suffering is good because it test us, it tests our values, what we believe in and it can drive us back to the basics of faith. As it says in James 1:12 “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trail because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” So go and walk in your purpose do not fret, he is always with you, and always make sure you trust in God and wait patiently on him and he will lead you where ever he needs you to go.

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There’s a Difference between Judging and Rebuking/Correcting

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Romans 2:1-3: NIV  “1)You therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. 2) Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. 3) So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment?”

Have you ever thought to take a hard look at yourself every time you judge someone because most times the thing we are judging in them is rooted in ourselves but we ignore it or make excuses for it. Why is that? Why do we judge people? Now its ok to gently rebuke/correct a sister or brother in Christ because God says it’s alright in Galatians 6:1 we just have to be careful or we will be tempted. There is a lot of confusion on what rebuking or correcting someone’s sin is and what judging someone’s sin is. In today’s society when we gently rebuke /correct our sister or brother in Christ we immediately get offended and accuse them of judging as of way of condemning them for caring about your soul and trying to help.  In proverbs 9:8-10 God says “do not rebuke the mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you. Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.”  So are you being wise and listening and taking heed to the rebuke/correction from your brother or sister in christ so you can stop committing that sin? 

Now I am not saying that you are dumb or anything if you ignore someone who is trying to correct you not all advice is good advice, especially if the person was not led by God to rebuke/correct you. I’m just saying it would be wise of you to listen instead of getting offended. Truth to be told we tend to get extremely offended when someone is telling us something and we know they are right but we let our PRIDE get in the way and just lash out at them. I mean there has been many times in my life before I really took the time to get out of my own way, and find Jesus and after I found him, there were some times where I refused to listen to anyone else’s rebuke/correction I felt offended and that they were just judging when they should just let God deal with me (Let God judge me). However,  I did let my pride get in the way of what God was leading others to tell me. He was leading them to correct me in my sin, sin that I did not know I was committing.

For example, I use to go and take communion faithfully every 1st Sunday of the month but I was ignorant in what taking communion was all about (However I still faithfully take communion but now with the knowledge and understanding of what it truly means). I was a baby Christian at this time and I was told that I needed to stop taking communion because was still sinning in some areas and didn’t have any intent to changing it. Later I found out from reading God’s word that if you have any problems with anyone before you take communion you need to go and make peace with them first. If they do not want to make peace with you fine you did your part, you forgave them and asked for their forgiveness and you were wholeheartedly sorry for whatever part you played in it. Therefore, you can take communion and leave from the communion table having repented and intend to lead a new life following God’s word and not repeating the sin you just repented for. Anyway the person who tried to rebuke/correct me did so in a very judgmental and rude way. Which is why when correcting/rebuking we need to do it gently and lovingly (Galatians 6:1)  as to not lead others to further stumble in their faith walk; Like what happened to me I mean it was my fault and also partly the rebuke/corrector’s fault. I let my pride get in the way and they failed to correct/rebuke me in a gentle way so that I would have more inclined to listen to them and take what they said to God.

Pride is a nasty thing to have and it hinders us so much on our walk with Christ in so many areas of our lives. Let’s make a goal today to go into deeper prayer not just for ourselves but for friends and family too, to get rid of our pride and start listening to our sister’s and brother’s in Christ when they are rebuking/correcting us. I’ll  leave you all with this thought, have you ever thought that may God is leading that sister or brother in Christ  to rebuke/correct when you are committing a sin you know you shouldn’t  be committing? Think about it, pray about it and listen to what God has to say ultimately. You never know when he is sending someone to help you on his behalf he talks to us in different ways.

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Who I am, Why I am Here

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My Name is Jasmine Samilton and I am 23-year-old college student, a child of God, a wife, and a mother. I am going to college to get my bachelors degree in social work( BSW) and my masters degree in Christian Marriage and Family Therapy. I love helping people and spreading God’s word. I think it is important to share Jesus with everyone because he is our savior. My goal is to encourage people to read and study their bible’s, and begin to have a closer relationship with him. To those who already believe in him I want to encourage them to continue imitating Christ and sharing Jesus even when you’re suffering. Keep on keeping on because God’s got you.

Why I am Here? I am here because I want to share God’s word as I stated before and I want to help other believers in their walk with Christ, and I want to help unbeliever to begin their walk with Christ. Sometimes other believers need encouragement and to be reminded what God says and who he is. Unbelievers also need encouragement and may want to know who God is but may not have accurate information or they do not want to believe because they have seen ” so-called believers” doing things that they feel contradicts that person’s faith so they may choose to not believe. I want to give them more of an understanding of God and believers if I can by talking about topics that effect believers and unbelievers alike like Divorce or Marriage or role models and relate them to God’s word and what he says about them.

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