Monday, July 22, 2013

Joyous Occasion

Yesterday we got to experience an event we have anticipated for a long time. My son Joseph was water baptized. This moment was a long time coming. I allow his testimony to speak for itself.

Love In Christ Angie

Saturday, July 20, 2013

" I told you so"...

Words that echo in my mind and heart.

 We have believing family members, ones who say they love Christ , but live in a typical "evangelical" way. Meaning their lives do not show the fruit of Christ it should show. Materialism, and keeping up with the standards of society is more important than being different and living out the Word.

As we(my husband and I ) brought our children up we fought against being just like everyone else in Christianity. We desired to be different, to bring our children up in the fear and admonition of the Lord. We desired the way of the Lord- trying to help our Children understand the true sacrifice of the Cross and that we are not to make a mockery of that sacrifice through continuing in sin.

Romans 6

1.What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
3Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
6Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
7For he that is dead is freed from sin.

But yet we find many believers continue life as usual never truly changing, going to church to be sanctified and feel better each week.

This same believing family mocked our diligence, criticized that we home schooled, and "sheltered" our children from evil, and brought them up to live righteously. I remember one of these family members stating that they could not wait for the day that my children ran from the Word, ran from the biblical principles we lived by and ran straight into sin so that could say:

" I told you so"

"I told you that being "religious" was going to make them run straight into sin. You aren't suppose to be so strict. You aren't suppose to expect your kids to live out the Word of God. No one does that, who does that? No one in the real world. "

Those words have haunted me. They have made me strive to give the Word to my children and not fail so they could not say "I told you so". I know that  their heart  is wrong. I know that I was bound to obey the Word,  the rest is up to the Lord and the rest was His job to penetrate the hearts of my children to Him. But yet in this season;those words, her face echoes through my mind. I can see her gloating, finding satisfaction in the fact that one of my children has chosen his flesh over the righteousness of Christ.

How sad that someone would even think or even wait for the day for my children to fall.

What they don't realize is like them, they need Christ just like any lost, hurting soul. Why would someone want to see a loved one fall into darkness just to be right?

It saddens my heart in so many ways, but most all of  because it proved that diligence, sacrifice is not enough.

Lord Forgive us

Love In Christ Angie

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Defeat vs Victory

Living in sin or endless cycles of sin, never seeing the sin for what it is.. Defeat-
Why do we do it? Why do we relinquish ourselves to the flesh, never seeing it coming? 
Are we really so blind to think that satisfying our flesh in anyway is NOT SIN??? Its like a swirling tornado in our lives, destroying everything in its path.

I  know why in the WORD The Lord put story after story of the Israelites inability to resist their flesh. Their were two reason why they seemed always to submit to their sin.
 1. They did not believe GOD.
 2. Their desire for self over rode their love for Their Lord. 

All seasons of SIN is rooted in unbelief. Think about that- every time the Israelites committed sin it was rooted in the fact that they did not believe The Lord was going to fulfill His promise to them. Wondering around the wilderness for their unbelief and NO MATTER what The Lord did - they still complained and they still rebelled because they did not believe. They wanted immediate satisfaction, immediate relief- all because of their flesh.  

They remained in this cycle of Defeat-

                       Slavery------>  Deliverance------->  Testing------>  Prevailing Unbelief------>Slavery....

The Lord continues to place us in the same situation waiting for us to start believing that HE is able to Prevail. 

NOTICE I SAID HE- yes we prideful, ungodly, rebellious humans think that we are able. That "we got this", then all of sudden we find our selves right where we were before... In slavery(sin). We even have the nerve to think," I have no idea why? or how I got here?"  I have NO IDEA "why I cant stop?" I have no idea why I cant stop lying, deceiving, and manipulating. You honestly believe that you,in yourself have the ability to defeat the sinful man within you??

This is who we are:
sexually immoral, morally impure, promiscuous, idolaters,  angry, selfish, willing to cause division, envious, drunkards, (Galatians 5:19)- this is natural to us. This is even what we desire because our hearts are deceitful and desperately sick (Jeremiah 17:9)

But there can be an end to this cycle - we can enter into a cycle of Victory(I use that word loosely- not as a charismatic word, but as Christ would- for HE is victorious in US and through us)

       Slavery(sin)-------> Deliverance-------> Testing-------> Prevailing Belief------>   Promised Land (Lord's word manifested in us and through us)

We can put off the flesh through the death and resurrection of Christ- dying to our flesh and raising ourselves in Him being dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of our flesh, He has made you alive in Him. (Colossians 2:9-13)

Dear Saints - The Lord desires for us to end the cycles in our lives. He desires for us to be lead by Him and not just one who knows the Word, and regurgitates it at our convince but one who truly lives it out. Truly allow Him to break the cycles within us. Remember- our actions and walk speak louder than our words. 

Solo para la gloria de Dios


Friday, July 5, 2013

Leaving Home..

This questions remains in the back of my mind... 

Where is it within the Word-the adaptation that has occurred in Church Society that when a young person becomes 18 years of age- that they are to go out and "spread their wings" and live on their own? 

The bible is so clear on so many facts- sin, purity, marriage, men,women, children, relationships with one another and the foundation of the church, but the bible has nothing to say about this matter. I beg to differ. I believe the bible is clear its just that parenting a young adult is so difficult that it has become easier for parents to say "do what you want" and to turn a blinds eyes to their sin than to live out what the Word has.

Let's begin with this very simple verse:

This is why a man leaves his father and mother and bonds with his wife, and they become one flesh. (Genesis 2:24 HCSB)

Everyone knows this verse- this is the verse for marriage the one that tells us exactly what is to be done when a man marries. He is to leave his mother and father and bond himself to his wife.

 Now here is the question- if he is a man, one of 18 years or older and he was to be out on his own, finding his way, spreading his wings, and "figuring this out on his own" then why would this verse say," this is why a man LEAVES his father and mother..." This would imply that he is still living at home right??? Yes, in this verse there is a clear understanding that young adults are to stay home until marriage. 

Why should young adults stay home until marriage?

Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. (2 Timothy 2:22 KJV)

Psalm 119:9-10 ESV 

How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!

1 Corinthians 6:18 ESV 

Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.

1 John 2:16 ESV 

For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.

How do you flee youthful lusts on your own? Living by yourself?

Accountability and living life per your own understanding with out the protection or spiritual counsel of your parents becomes difficult which is why so many Young adults from the age 18-30 years of age leave the church. They return after they have married, after they have lived a life of immorality, and sexual sin. All because we have within the church adopted the philosophies of the world in believing that once they turn 18 years old, my job is done. 

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 ESV 

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

The bible says WOE to him who is alone- but that is exactly what we have done. We have left them alone. Left them to themselves.

Proverbs 14:16 ESV 

One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and careless.

We have become reckless and careless when it comes to the hearts and souls of our young adults.. At the same time they have become foolish in thinking that they can do this on their own. 

The Word is clear again- though not mentioned but twice - a man is to leave his mother and father and bond himself to his wife- these verse spell out what a young person is to do in the season before marriage. Stay home under the spiritual protection of your parents, pray, and be in the Word. 

Lord we again have failed- guide us with your truth. 

Solo Para Gloria De Dios


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Betrayal,deception and realization

There is never a dull moment within our home.One of the things we knew and realized when Sam stepped out to become a leader and elder of our church that attacks would come, deception and temptation for us to ruin our testimony for Christ, would come. And that is exactly what happened. He used one of my children as his tool to do exactly that,in that deception was also the ultimate betrayal.  Truly betrayed with a kiss-

A parents, as well as leaders within our church, we have every right to share concerns, things we see, to guide and counsel our children to righteousness. We have the right to help them see and not be deceived or lead by their flesh, but that very counsel was used against us. Also used as a door for him to walk away and do things his way, so that he could be removed from our accountability.

The pain of that betrayal, deception is so raw in my heart. I was driving yesterday in tears, crying out to my Lord and I came to this realization,if my pain is so raw and real over this sin against us. How much more is it for my Lord? How much more pain does he feel when we sin?

Our sin ,though we may not feel it, causes our heavenly Father much pain. His heart breaks, as ours does with our children,when we have sinned against His Word and his principles.

How do you deal with that pain, and sin?

What does scripture say we should do?

The only true way to deal is by the word of God,because any other way is doing it in our own understanding. Doing things in our own understanding is truly not safe or Godly.

First you do is:

“Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear you, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’ And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the ekklesia. But if he refuses even to hear the ekklesia, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.” ( Mt. 18:15-17)

Which we have done many, many, many times... spending hours upon hours in counsel with this child. Directing him in the Word and showing how deception, lies, manipulation is sin, also giving him biblical principles that satisfying your flesh is sin. We have had counsel with others present.

Paul gave us this instruction many times. To the Romans, he wrote, “Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.” ( Rom. 16:17top ) “Divisions” (Greek – “dichostasia” [1370]) is the double standard of saying, “You must believe exactly as I teach or you must leave this circle of fellowship and go find or start your own circle.” “Offenses” (Greek – “skandalon” [4625]) are “stumbling blocks” or “opportunities to fall.” The man who steadfastly refuses to compromise the truth is not the divisive one – the ones who choose any side but the truth are the ones causing division. One causing offenses here is not one whose stand for truth and righteousness pricks the thin skin of others – one causing offenses is the one who causes anyone to fall away from the truth and righteousness of Christ in any way, something which will occur to “many” in the last days. ( Mt. 24:5 , 10-12top ) And “contrary to the doctrine you received” is not a reference to whatever “church” teachings or denominational creeds you happened to grow up with – it is a reference to the original faith delivered once for all to the saints of God. Note these ones who divide and offend contrary to the only Christ and avoid them – not continue to “fellowship” with them in the hope they will someday outgrow their divisiveness and stumbling of others - avoid them.

We are at this point, after many years of counsel and many cycles of the same sin over and over again just with different people, but still the sin of his flesh. It is time for this to happen.  He has left us with no other choices. He continues to be convinced and be totally confused in his own behavior. Convincing himself that he dealt rightly by what he  has done and even sounding noble. His agenda, is not for repentance or that he understands the level of hurt but for the sole purpose of pursuing this relationship while destroying the relationships he states are the most important in his life.

This is where we stand, at the road of betrayal, deception, manipulation and with the realization that all of his life we have been trying to save him from himself. Save him from imploding, but one who is bent on sin and destruction no matter how hard you try will do just that.

Even our Lord tried to save Judas from himself, tried convince him by making him a disciple that He is the Lord and the Messiah, and guide him, and show him the truth, but yet he betrayed Jesus with a kiss.

Lord may we stop living as if we have tomorrow.  Help us to stand on your WORD. Replacing the desires of our flesh with Your Will, Your Word and Your desires.

Solo para gloria de Dios,

Love In Christ Angie


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