What Are You Watching, Reading & Doing?

Unknown images

Deuteronomy 18:10-12 NIV “Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord, because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you.”

I know a lot of you who are reading this probably feel that as long as you are not practicing witchcraft or going to mediums then it’s ok. THE DEVIL IS A LIAR!  It is not okay to watch vampire movie/shows or witchcraft movies/shows or reading your so-called horoscope. As the Deuteronomy 18:10-12 tells us these things are detestable to the Lord, so why do you watch them?

When you watch these shows along with violent movies and keeping up with your horoscope (witchcraft) are you not accepting them, and saying they are okay? Think about it for a moment. If you truly felt that those things were wrong and were truly honoring God you wouldn’t give a second thought to not watching or participating in doing those things right?

We have to be careful in this world because so many things that are sinful are glorified and accepted by unbelievers and those who “play Christian”. It is easy for us to fall into sin by the false belief that watching it is okay but doing it is wrong as God says. Some people even go as far as to say God said doing it was wrong not watching it. My question for you is if Jesus was right next to you in human form WOULD HE WATCH IT?

Earlier I included horoscopes as witch craft which it is and I wanted to touch on that a little bit so you can understand why. First horoscopes claim to tell you your future based on stars and planets and all that crap right. Is that not witchcraft? How is that stuff going to tell you, your future? isn’t the horoscope the same as going to a medium or fortune-teller? Think about it and pray about it.

Galatians 5:9 NIV “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.”

Think about this verse ↑If you watch witch craft, violent, erotic, vampire and werewolf movies and reading these things are you not working a little sin into you spirit? I speak to you about these things from experience, I use to watch all these types of movies and read my horoscope and read erotica novels. I realized that watching and reading and doing these things were me accepting them and they started affecting me. Last year I gave up their things and I realized how less sinful I am because of it. A little bit of sin can still effect your spirit and keep your from some blessings that God has for you. When he says its detestable then watching it and reading it is just as detestable.

Galatians 6:7-8 NIV “..A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the spirit, from the spirit will reap eternal life.”

I feel that what you put into your spirit you will put it out in your actions. I notice as I said before watching the things effected me because I was selfish more, angry more, and prideful more than I doing the good things I was doing. I retweeted a tweet yesterday from someone named peter, he said “Sin has now been glorified as normal t.v.”  I’ll let you think about that one. I encourage you to take the time to think about what you watch, read, do and accept. Try not doing those things for 1 month and see the difference in your actions and words.

I know you are probably thinking well what am I supposed to watch and read now. My suggestion is reading christian books and watching faith and spirituality movies and children’s movies (not the ones with witchcraft and magic in them). What matters more watching t.v. or pleasing God? Think about that question when the excuses start rolling in for why God would be okay with you watching witchcraft, erotica etc movies.

WWJD (What Would Jesus Do or What Would Jesus Watch?)

God Bless

#Church

#Christianity

#Religion

© 2015 Jasmine Samilton

The above pictures are not my own but from a google search on google images.

Advertisements

Are You Walking In Your Own Wilderness?

images-1

This morning I had my own personal bible study, at the beginning of the year I decided I will finally read the whole bible from beginning to the end. Before I made this decision I was more focused on the new testament and psalms and proverbs. I have always found it hard to read the old testament because I use to think reading Numbers and Leviticus and Deuteronomy was just too long and boring. Since we have a new covenant it would be best for me to study the new testament.  I know I am not the only one who use to feel that way.

I am now in Deuteronomy and what has been revealed to me is that the old testament is very important to read rather its long or tough to read or not. We learn how the Israelites were a stiff-necked people and we learn many lesson based on what they did. When God did things for them they followed him then they would turn away from him and repeat this cycle continuously. For example he brought them out of Egypt and showed them wonders and a taste of his power. Yet right after being freed from Pharaoh they got hungry and complained and grumbled. They told mosses that God should have never took them out of Egypt among other things. Now after seeing all the wonders that God did they complained (sinned) all because they were hungry and didn’t have any food. When all they had to do was ask instead of committing sin and complaining.

But because of Moses God did not destroy them for all the outrageous things they said and he gave them manna to eat (bread). I think today many people are in the wilderness like the Israelites were so long ago. The only difference is God himself was actually among them. We cry to God when things are going wrong and when he does something about it a little while later we turn away from him and not closer to him. We wonder why it feels like we are stuck and will never have the life we want or it feels like God has forsaken us.

I feel that’s because we are in our own wilderness and God is trying to humble us and test us. It’s up to us on how long we stay in the wilderness. Think about it, the longer it takes you to let go of the sin you keep committing the longer you will be in the wilderness. If God is leading you to stop doing something and you keep ignoring him do you think you will make it out of the wilderness sooner rather than later? I encourage you to take the time to go over the Israelites story in the old testament.

Deuteronomy 8:2 NIV ” Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what is in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.” 

So are you in your own wilderness? If so are you keeping his commands? I think nowadays the wilderness that the Israelites were in is as the song by Kirk Franklin goes the storm is over now. Is what the wilderness is, in today’s time is called the storm. During this storm you are going through test and trials and sometimes the storm is caused by your decisions to not obey God. However, through it the Lord provides a way out, that way is through obedience to him and trust in him. Through every storm he humbles us and test us as the verse above in Deuteronomy states.

Deuteronomy 8: 3-5 NIV “He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years. Know then in your heart that as man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you.”

Be glad when you are in your storm or wilderness because if you keep your trust in God you will come out of it a changed person. You will have learned to lean on and trust in him, you will be humbled and have learned perseverance. However, be careful, when God brings you out of said storms and wilderness do not forget about him and become prideful. A lot of people get prideful and claim they did everything on their own and forget that God is the one who brought them through. Therefore, Through God we are able to do anything and without him we are able to do nothing. I am guilty of being in my own wilderness at times, I am not perfect and neither are you. But I think we all make things more difficult than they really are. What God asks of us is simple and easy to do THROUGH HIM. All we have to do is be patient and move when he says move and not when we feel we should move.

Deuteronomy 8:18 NIV “But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.”

The same things that the Lord our God asked of the Israelites oh so long ago is all that he asks from us. So why are we stiffed-Necked people just like the Israelites?

Deuteronomy 10:12-13 NIV “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and  with all your soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?”

So I encourage you during this time of lent to talk to God and ask him to reveal you hear to you and start making some changes. Submit every aspect of your life to him and serve him wholeheartedly and with all your soul. Get out of the wilderness and that storm and start walking in God’s will!!!!

God Bless

The above image is from a google search on google images.

© 2015 Jasmine Samilton

Are You Looking Out For Others Or For YourSelf?

Unknown-2

 Are you looking out for others or yourself? This question is very thought-provoking, it caused me to think about my thoughts, deeds and words. In short Do I love thy neighbor as thy self is what this is asking. I’m sure you all know this scripture which is written in the bible multiple times, love thy neighbor as they self. I want to take the time to talk about that and some related scriptures.

 I have heard a few people say to others or about others ” why are they telling me all their problems like I don’t have any of my own” or “I’m tired of people coming to me with their problems I have a life and problems of my own”. Many of them who have said these statements call themselves christians, believers, followers of Christ etc. I wonder do they know how many people they are leading astray by 1. Gossiping and complaining to someone about who came to them with their problems. 2. By turning the person who needs help away because they do not want to hear their problems.

 I think when we say we are a Christian or a follower of Christ most of us do not take that seriously. We all fall short of God’s glory and make mistakes, but how many times are you going to make the same mistake? Once you know what God says in his word you will be held accountable for your actions on judgement day. God’s word clearly says to carry each others burdens, correct your brother or sister gently if you catch them in a sin.

 Galatians 6:1,2 NIV “Brothers and sisters, IF SOMEONE IS CAUGHT IN A SIN, YOU WHO LIVE BY THE SPIRIT SHOULD RESTORE that person GENTLY. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. CARRY EACH OTHERS BURDENS, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

 There is value in carrying each others burdens, one is that you fulfill the law of Christ. Another is you are helping someone and possibly yourself. There has been plenty of times where I was able to help someone with their burdens and ended helping myself. I ended up helping myself through their problem because mines was either similar or later on I ended up being face with something similar. I know this happen’s to other people because a friend of mine was telling me about this earlier with her experiences.

 How selfish and self-centered is it to not want to carry someone else’s burdens because you have your own? Do you or do you not go to other’s with your own burdens when you’re in need? I can only imagine how you would feel if you heard someone who you tell your burdens to that they are tired of hearing yours among and everyone else’s problems. I think nowadays there are too many people who PLAY CHRISTIAN instead of being a Christian or a follower of Christ. What I mean by that is you call yourself a Christian and go to church but you’re not following God’s word. You pick and choose what you want to follow from God’s word and compromise on everything else he says.That is not how it works you either follow him completely or not at all.

 Matthew 6:24 NIV “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.”

 So I encourage to be an accountability partner and carry each others burdens and build each other up. Pray for the person, who brings their burdens to you and help them. If you don’t know what to say to help them with their problems, take the time out to pray for them right then and there. Then be honest and tell them you will keep them in your prayers and they should pray to God about it immediately. I leave you with these two Scriptures to meditate on:

1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 

Romans 15: 1 NIV “We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves

 Side-note: Accountability partner is not just for those who are single and want/need help to abstain from having sexual relations with guys. It can also be use to carry each others burdens. When a friend, fellow believer, new believer, and family member, has problems and they need your help. Do the things that is mention in the above paragraph and listen to them, encourage them, help them, build them up and pray for them. Make sure to keep checking on them as an accountability partner would and make sure they are staying on track.

God Bless

#blogging101

#blogging201

#Chrisitan #christianliving

above picture is from google images

© 2015 Jasmine Samilton

Is It Really Worth It To Repay Evil For Evil?

Unknown

I send scriptures to friends and family via text message each morning or early afternoon depending on when I get up and or what time I am able to have bible study. The other day I sent this verse ” You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth’. But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.” – Matthew 5:38:39 NIV. A friend sent me a message saying that they try to live by this but it is hard. That friend felt that “sometimes people deserve retaliation”? I responded that I understand but that is God’s job. This made me think about how I use to be when people did me wrong or hurt me and in my own way I would retaliate or hate them.

I have learned through God’s word the power of forgiveness and to let God retaliate for me. What does it really do to go and repay evil for evil? Yeah we feel good and happy afterwards for a temporary time, but what we put into ourselves is hate along with sin. We also put that out and we get addicted to it in a way until we finally realize that repaying evil for evil just brings about more evil. 1 Peter 3:9 says, ” Do not repay evil for evil or insult for insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” Just that verse is and should be enough to keep us from repaying evil with evil right?

I mean God tells us plainly and clearly that if we turn the other cheek and repay them with blessing we will get a blessing. Now by no means am I suggesting that you obey God or repay evil with a blessing instead of evil just to get a blessing from God, because that is just not right. However, we should do it because it is the right thing to do. Also, as it says in Proverbs 17:13 ” Evil will never leave the house of one who pays back evil for good.” However, A lot of times repaying evil with a blessing changes that person maybe not exactly right then and there but eventually it does. There has been plenty of people who turned around maybe a few days later or even a year or two later apologized for the evil they have done. That blessing changed their lives and they changed their behavior, love is very powerful. There’s not telling how many times we have sin against God and he has forgiven us. We all should make sure we forgive them and repay them with a blessing.

In Romans 12:17 it says, “Do to repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.” If you are a follower of Christ or a Christian that second part of the above verse is just as important as the first part. As a follower of Christ what we do can lead people to him or away from him. We have to practice what we preach literally not just for our own salvation but for others as well. I think that is where a lot of us go wrong, no one is perfect but we have to be very careful. When judgment day comes we will be judge on our deeds among other things and I know I don’t want Jesus to look at all my deeds and say well you chose to preach this but do this and this led all these people away from me. I don’t know about you but that is a punishment I do not want. I want him to say well done my good and faithful servant. 

So is it really worth it to repay evil for evil?

God Bless You!

#blogging101

#blogging201

This image is not my own it was taken from google images.