Not so bold and unashamed of the Gospel.

A lot of Christians, including myself, like to quote Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.” We wholeheartedly believe this and this may be true for us to a certain extent, but we have to remember who these words were coming from at the time. Paul, the author of Romans and of many books in the Bible proclaimed the Gospel in a hostile time. To be baptized and to say Jesus was God was a one way ticket to prison or execution. Living in America we can’t quite grasp the severity of proclaiming Jesus as Lord and Savior because there is no persecution other than being told we’re bigoted and judgmental. Paul writes these words while he is in prison, believed to have been waist high in human waste. The state of his living was not good, but this man meant his words. He lived these words out, hence the horrible conditions he was in.

My pastor this morning emphasized the importance of the Gospel, the Word of God, it has power. It saves and changes lives and it is by hearing the Word that people open their eyes to the reality of their sin. Wearing crosses whether tattooed or by jewelry, going to church, or wearing t-shirts that say we “<3 God” doesn’t hold any power like the Word can. People need to hear the Word of God, Jesus was the Word and we think just by living for God that people can read us. Yes, we are a light separated from this dark world, but because we are the light we need to shine truth on God’s Word. People are in darkness and on their way to hell because we’re too afraid to speak up. We want the approval of man to the point we neglect Jesus’s lasts words and mission to go make more disciples. Will we offend people? Yes. Will we annoy them? Yes. Will we push certain people away from us? Yes. Could we lose our friends? Yes. The things that will happen to us on this earth don’t even compare to what these people will suffer for eternity – separation from God.

Francis Chan’s book Multiply touches base with the fact that Christians will walk away from church services with conviction and almost pat themselves on the back for feeling bad. It’s like that’s what we’re looking for, when we leave church are we moved with emotion? It seems like that’s our only goal. We should be moved to action, we should be out there getting our hands dirty. Satan has us where he wants us, complacent Christians who feel conviction, but do nothing about it. We’re not a threat to Satan. I don’t know about you, but when I get up in the morning I want Satan to be like “Oh no, there’s that woman of God!” I want him to feel threatened.

With my uncle being laid up in ICU after heart surgery, practically on his death bed, my dad has raised hands held high in prayer over my uncle. It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but this was in front of working nurses, people who are trying to help on my uncle get back to health. I have been so moved by my father’s faith and him being unashamed in public prayer. I feel so ashamed of myself, Jesus is risen and I’m afraid to proclaim that to people? Do I read my Bible every day and pray? Yes. To the world’s standards my walk with God is good, but I know that is far from the truth. I need to trust in Jesus despite my circumstances and walk out in faith knowing that His Word, when preached, will not return void.

We all have seasons Jesus needs to walk us through and I’m not telling you to look for sin, but if you’ve been complacent… ask the Lord to challenge you and break you of the things you’re putting your trust in.

^^ Please take the time to watch this video by Kari Jobe called “Forever”. It is such a beautiful song! So much truth.

Are you ashamed of the Gospel?

I’ve been praying for people’s salvation more than lately and asking God for wisdom in sharing Himself to others. As Christians we need to love others when sharing the Gospel, but we need to be honest in that love. If I’m beating around the bush about God and not being honest about hell, then I’m acting ashamed and afraid of their reaction. We can tell people that Jesus loves them night and day, but if we’re ignoring the reality of their sin and where it’s leading them… we’re only preaching prosperity Gospel. The realization that we sin and fall short of the glory of God should make us fall flat face to the ground in grief. It’s ONLY when knowing we’re a sinner that we need God’s grace. It’s not just accepting His love, it’s knowing you are eternally depraved yet unconditionally forgiven. 

We try saying we’re not ashamed of the Gospel, but aren’t we when we care more about other people’s opinions? People in this world are always first to preach their ‘passions’ and ‘beliefs’ on us, but Christians get put down for it and we’re not allowed to? We need to stop letting the World dictate who the church is and listen to what God says about His church. Amen?! I’m preaching to myself here.

The truth hurts, doesn’t it?

I don’t really think I have a way with words when it comes to talking to people, especially when I play the ‘honest card’. I use to tell people like it was… not taking their feelings into consideration. I was blunt, real blunt. However, since Christ has changed my heart… I speak in love. Trust me, there are times I feel like saying more, but I don’t. I’m learning to not overstep my boundaries I guess you could say.

Sometimes I get in the ‘heat of the moment’ and just blurt it all out even if I think I’ve thought about it for ‘long enough’. What is long enough? Some people say it’s a few hours, others say it’s a day. Hm… but what about when I’m right? And I have a good point to make? Not that I’m nit-picking, but what if this person is doing something they shouldn’t? What if this person is a brother or sister in Christ? Why are we so scared to LOVINGLY tell people what they are doing is wrong? Holding each other accountable just seems so non-existent. I WISH someone told me like it was. If I am being a hypocrite in my faith, then tell me. I ask God to do it all the time, maybe He can use you to get the message across… ahem.

It’s so easy to get offended when you try to talk to someone and they completely blow you off or treat you differently after you’ve talked to them about something serious. I think this especially goes for teenagers. If you want to make them mad, give them sound advice. Give them Biblical advice. When you’re a teenager you want to do things your way and feel right about it. You hate discipline. Admit it. Maybe that’s why some people don’t take God seriously until they get older. Until they’re ready to face their convictions.

I’ll be 23-years-old in July and even though I’m still considerably young, God has poured so much wisdom into me. I don’t care about certain things like I use to. It’s less about me and more about Him. I don’t care as much about what people think of me anymore and trust me… I’ve had a lot of people not like me. It doesn’t make a difference to me though because I’ve had more people like me than hate me. Joyce Meyer says that 90% of people will like us and the other 10% won’t. When you compare the two, which one is greater? That’s the one that matters the most. Everyone is a critic.

God made me the way I am for a reason, so if I’m honest… that’s okay. I embrace the fact that I am confident in who I am, in who He is, and the choices I make. I don’t need to hide behind any lies. If you don’t like me for it, well, don’t let the door hit you where the good Lord split you! Haha :].

I really need to go to bed… O_o 1:38AM. Never clean late at night, it makes you write crazy blogs like this one LOL.

XxX Ashley!

The blood work is in.

For starters, I’m currently working on a makeup blog post about eyeliners… doesn’t sound too interesting… but it will be I promise you. I’m done writing it, I’m just correcting things here and there to make sure it’s up to my standards haha.

Any ways… my mom called my doctor today to check on my test results. Well… they got my blood work in… just not my ultrasound (which I’m praying it will come back good!). As for my blood, I have a thyroid problem + my cholesterol is a little high. I looked up thyroid conditions on WebMD and it said that if your thyroids are out of whack it will cause your cholesterol levels to go up. This happens to run in my family by the way… fun stuff!

I have an appointment with my doctor on Thursday, so I’m just praying we can come up with a plan to fix this and make sure there’s nothing more harmful going on with my body. I know for sure they’re going to put me on medication though… but that’s good :)! Even though I don’t like having this problem, it could be worse. I’m so thankful to God!!! You have no idea! It explains so much as to why I’ve not had regular periods, my weight just keeps going up and when I’ve tried to lose it… it just doesn’t happen, my nails have been extremely brittle (splitting down the middle), dry skin, just so much stuff. I told my friend today that it sounds like I’m falling apart haha. Maybe I am in a sense, but I know Jesus will help me pick up the pieces.

I honestly don’t know how anyone can ever go through life and not have God. Jesus is a true Savior, He has not only saved my life… but my senses too lol. I was reading my Bible today in John and Jesus was talking about over coming the world. He overcame!  I can overcome this too… with Him:)! It’s all good and it’s in His precious hands. I win either way. I love you Lord!!!