Hello Spring: Sing a New Song

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Spring is here! I could not think of a better season to jump back into blogging again and continue to share my journey. It’s been a while and I am so excited to share all that the Lord has put in my heart.

I love the Spring and all that it entails, as the bare trees begin to sprout again, I cannot help to praise God for his marvelous works.

Last year on the first day of Spring, I had the honor to share a message and one of my original songs (for the first time) with my congregation entitled “New Song.” This word and song continue to minister to me to this very day and my prayer is that it is also a blessing to you all as well. Maybe you find yourself in a pit, in in a difficult situation but I want to let you know that the the Lord is able to lift you up and place a new song in your heart like He did with me. God bless and Enjoy!

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La primavera está aquí! No podía pensar en una mejor temporada para comenzar con los blogs de nuevo y seguir compartiendo mi jornada. Ha pasado un tiempo y estoy muy emocionado de compartir todo lo que el Señor ha puesto en mi corazón.

Me encanta la primavera y todo lo que conlleva, como los árboles desnudos comienzan a brotar de nuevo, no puedo hacer nadad mas que alabar a Dios por sus maravillosas obras.

El año pasado, en el primer día de la primavera, tuve el honor de compartir un mensaje y una de mis canciones originales (por primera vez) con mi congregación titulada “Nueva canción”. Esta palabra y canción continúan ministrándome hasta este mismo día y mi oración es que también es una bendición para todos ustedes también. Tal vez usted se encuentra en un pozo, en una situación difícil, pero quiero hacerle saber que el Señor es capaz de levantar y colocar una nueva canción en su corazón como lo hizo conmigo. Dios bendiga y disfrute!

 

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Broken Surrender Part II

 

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It hurts so much!! Why I am going through this problem? Why so much pain?  Hey there!!! Don’t be so surprised! Jesus did warn us and said that in this world we will have trouble, but then he also said to take heart that HE has overcome the world!!! (John 16:33) So just take heart!!!  Be courageous! Be confident in HIS victory in the midst of whatever you are going through!!!

I could have never imagined that through my brokenness  I can experience so much spiritual growth and victory over several areas in my life.  But how can brokenness, weakness, disability and pain propel us to a higher level of growth and victory that we could have never imagined reaching? The answer is faith!!! Do you really believe? That he has overcome the world. That he took upon our sin, our brokenness, our shame on the cross so that we may be found victorious in him when he resurrected on the third day? We need to have faith in him!!! He has done so much for us, and all we have to submit ourselves to Him and be confident and courageous in what he has already done for us. The word of God says that in our weakness, he is made strong in us!!! (Corinthians 12:9)  So the next time you find yourself in a weak state instead of being down and out, be glad and give it all to Jesus!!! He will give you the victory!!! Amen!!! Glory to God!!!

God has a plan for each and every one of us, a perfect plan according to his will and if he allowed something to happen is for a reason.  But is our choice whether to surrender to the brokenness and pain that this world gives us and let rule us in some way or to just surrender ourselves and what we are going through to our Lord Jesus Christ, who gives us peace and has overcome the world!!! We cannot give up faith in him no matter what and continue to trust that he will see us through no matter what!!! God is good, he loves us so much and wants nothing but the best for us.

Throughout my journey, I have lost faith. It happens, but I have learned that when I find myself there that I have to continue to seek the Lord, through prayer, his word, fasting and ask him to give me more faith.  This song “Give Me Faith” by Elevation Worship has really ministered to me in this area of my life and I hope and pray that it is a blessing to all in Jesus name!!!

Let’s pray together:
God just take control and let your Holy Spirit dwell among us as we come before you. You are familiar with all our ways and everything we go through each day, search us my God and if you find any wicked way in us, I ask that you correct us and teach us your ways. Lord, that we may please you and not the desires of our flesh. I pray that you may give us faith and that we may long for you instead of the worldly things. Lord I believe that you will fulfill your purpose for my life. I declare that no weapon formed against me shall prosper and that Satan is below my feet. I believe I have the victory in you because you already won!!! Through you I am a winner. I am no longer a slave to my sin and brokenness. I am wholly yours in Jesus name!!! Thank you Lord!!! Praise the Lord God Almighty!!!

Broken Surrender

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So as I mentioned in my previous post, I fractured my foot. It happened during worship at church on Pentecost Sunday to the song Spirit Break Out by Kim Walker Smith. I remember that while worshipping, I began to jump and clap because I felt the presence of God and when I landed, my foot twisted and that is how it happened. I did not feel that much pain at the time so I continued to worship as if it did not happen. I love being in God’s presence and even though I started to feel a little pain, I continued to praise and worship the Lord yearning that the Holy Spirit break out and break my walls down like the song says.

As the service continued, the message that was brought forth had to do with surrendering to the Holy Spirit and not getting comfortable because God does not want his people going backwards but forward into his purpose. As I sat in the service a little uncomfortable, because of the pain in my foot, the message really ministered to me personally. I understood that when we are afflicted it causes us to seek God more than when we are comfortable. And when we seek God our problems and momentary troubles at the feet of our Creator become like nothing compared to him and so does the cause for what we came to him for. Our affliction then becomes not about us but for a greater cause, which is of God. I realized that my afflictions and anything that life throws at me did not matter because God fulfilling his purpose is far greater than anything that I am going through. As long as I continue to yield to the presence of God, my affliction becomes nothing compared to the cause of God. And what is the cause of God?

The cause of God has to do with the people that surround us day by day, that are bound with no hope or future because of their sin. The people that do not know God and it’s our job as the people of God to show them through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit how great God is. But we become comfortable and we do not seek him like we need to be. God saves us, blesses us, he gives us new life in him and then we become complacent while the people around us are perishing and being devoured by the enemy.

It happens, complacency creeps in little by little and by the time you know it you don’t spend much time with God, seeking him, praying, reading his word and then you become astray from God and where he wants you to be. But then something uncomfortable happens and that is when you wonder where God is and because of your affliction you are moved to find him again and he is right there where you last left him. It does not have to be like that, God said his people will go from glory to glory, but is our job to remain in him and live a surrendered life. It’s not about you anymore and what you are going through, it is about God and his cause. Living for his cause and not our own because it does not matter what we are going through as it is nothing compared to his greatness. And when we are focused on him and fulfilling his cause, there is no doubt that he will also take care of us according to his perfect will. In order to see his glory manifested, we must be intentional in moving in faith and seeking him. Living the easy comfortable way of life is not going to get you there. We must pray without ceasing and seek him relentlessly not just when we are affliced.

This Jones Fracture has definitely been afflicting me but the more time I spend with God, the more he is taking me out of my comfort zone and into his calling for my life. I just can’t wait to see what God has in store. This is the longing of my being and my prayer:

God I yearn for your Holy Spirit to continue to break out in my life and break the walls that are serving as barriers as I surrender completely to you and allow the flow of your holy presence to take me far beyond my comfort level into your perfect will for my life. I long for you expand my borders and lead to places where I could have never imagine as the power of the Holy Spirit in me sets the captives free. In Jesus name, Amen!!!

Having a fractured foot for the first time in my life has not been easy but I thank God for allowing me to have this amazing experience and being able to share it with others. God is so good!! Praise to the Lord Jesus Christ!! I am not familiar with what might be afflicting you this day, but the Lord is and I am sure that if you come to him you will not be disappointed. God bless you and keep you!!!

What is Justification & Sanctification?

The following is an essay that I wrote recently for my last year in Bible Institute. I pray that it serves as a blessing as it has been to my life. I have learned so much about these topics and I really enjoyed doing the research and I thought that it will be great to share what I have learned.

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Sin goes against God and everyone has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). This is the problem: We are all guilty and responsible for our sin and therefore we are condemned as the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).  We are deserving of God’s wrath because of our godlessness. However, God fixes this dilemma by providing Jesus Christ as a sacrifice of atonement for our sins because He loves us.  Now this sacrifice of blood provides justification for all those who believe and sin is forgiven. Now that sin is forgiven everyone can stand right before God. Once we receive God’s justification through faith, we are forgiven and justified for our sin by the grace of God and then sanctification follows, which is both instantaneous and progressive. Instant sanctification occurs at the moment of salvation, when a believer receives Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior of their life. When the believer is instantly sanctified, they are now to be separated from life of sin to God.  As the believer develops in their walk with God, the process sanctification continues to be at work progressively through the Holy Spirit as the believer remains set apart from a life of sin and dedicated to God. Throughout this process the believer is being transformed to be more like Christ.

As per Meriam-Webster dictionary the term Justification is the state of being justified by God. Justification is the act of God which legally declares that God forgives the sinner of all their sins. In addition, God accepts and makes the sinner righteous in His sight. This happens, when the sinner puts their trust in Jesus Christ. Justification for the sinner by God is exclusively based on the submission and death of His Son, our ambassador, Jesus Christ.  Therefore, it is only the perfect obedience of Jesus Christ that satisfied the demands of God against sin which then makes it possible for God to declare the sinner righteous. In Romans 5:18, written by Apostle Paul, it states:

Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.

Justification does not make the sinner righteous but when God looks at the sinner “in Christ”, he declares them righteous. Righteousness can only be obtained by faith in Jesus Christ and not by self-efforts as it says in the word in the book of Habakkuk “The righteous will live by faith.” When the sinner confesses their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, they are justified through faith alone not by any good works. There is nothing that the sinner can do to be justified; justification is only through what Jesus Christ did for the sinner on the cross. When His act on the cross was committed, his perfect righteousness was imputed to the sinner. The same way that the sin of the sinner was put upon Jesus Christ, so does His righteousness transferred to the sinner.  For this reason, when Paul addressed the Jews in the book of Romans, he made it clear to them that just because they followed the law did not mean that they stand righteous and justified before God. The Jews thought highly of themselves because they knew God’s word and were God’s special people. However, they were sinners just like the Gentiles and needed to put their trust in the Jesus Christ as the law was not sufficient to save them.  The basis in which righteousness is granted for the sinner is through the shed of the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. It was done only through the redemption process of His sacrifice.  The worth of this blood that was shed is the righteous element in which God willfully displays His grace to save the sinner.

Justification is then followed by sanctification. They complement each other in the way that they both deal with sin.  However, they have major differences that are very essential to know. For example, justification deals with the person’s guilt for sinning and sanctification address the control and manipulation of sin in the sinner’s life. Justification is the declaration of God that a sinner is made righteous and sanctification is the process in which God renews and transforms the person as a whole.  The sinner is now united to Jesus Christ in His death and resurrection and through the Holy Spirit; the sinner is now dead to the reign of sin and alive to righteousness.   The believer has chosen to die with Christ and now is obliged to put sin to death and present their members to God as instruments for righteousness (Romans 6:13).   Another difference between justification and sanctification is that justification is a finished and complete act on behalf of God himself.  This means that a believer that puts their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ has now been completely freed from the wrath of God and the condemnation that was the consequence of sin. On the other hand, sanctification continues to be a progressive work in the believer’s life. Even though sin is defeated and as believer’s we are free from it, we are not perfect. For this reason, the process of sanctification allows for God to make the changes in the believer’s life that need to be made in order to have a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.

Sanctification means “to be set apart for God” and be made holy through conforming to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ.  This process of sanctification is how God changes a sinner so that His purpose can be completed in Christ. God’s people are to be set apart for his purposes. As it says in 2 Timothy 2:20-21:

In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.

Sanctification involves the word of God to dwell inside of the believer to make this change possible. However, it is a struggle as the flesh is of sinful nature and at times it serves as a weapon that can hinder the growth of the believer in God. For this reason, we have to submit daily to God; it is only through His power that we can overcome sin. We are unable to live a holy life on our own.

Sanctification is a lifelong process for the believer that leads to spiritual maturity.  The process of sanctification is like the process of metamorphosis in which the fictional creatures “Pokémon” go through.  Humans known as Pokémon Trainers catch and train Pokémon to battle one another as a hobby. Through their experiences, Pokémon grow and mature and turn into stronger Pokémon. Like the Pokémon, the believer is being trained. The trainer for the believer is the Spirit of God. The believer must yield to the Spirit of God as it says “Live by the Spirit and you won’t satisfy the desires of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16). As the believer embarks in this journey of sanctification, it is a process that involves having a divine partnership with God in order to live a life in obedience to Christ. For this reason, it is important to renew the mind with consistency and experiences through the word of God as behavior is influenced by the mind. This is the only way that the believer will transform, grow, display maturity and become stronger like the Pokémon. As believers we must be consistent in not allowing sin to have control and instead offering ourselves to Christ in obedience because He who began a good work in us will surely finish it (Philippians 1:6).

Justification and sanctification are terms that involve how God deals with the sin in our lives. Sin separates and deprives us from having a relationship with God and leads to death. But through the amazing occurrences of justification and sanctification we see how great the grace, love and mercy of God is for all creation. First, God justifies and forgives us by making us righteous before Him through the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. This act is complete and fulfilled only through the shedding of Christ’s blood. When we accept this sacrifice through faith and confess Jesus as Lord and Savior, God does not see a worthless condemned sinner anymore but a righteous man or woman.  This made the way for God to separate us from sin so that we are no longer slaves of its control. He sanctifies and separates us for His own as we are indwelt with Holy Spirit. We can now go before Him in confidence and build a personal relationship with Him through Jesus Christ. God then continues the work in us through the ongoing aspect of sanctification which will leads us to be being transformed into who he created us to be.  We must also do our part in completely surrendering our life to God and yielding to what He wants to do in our individual lives.

Prayer:

Thank you Lord for the sacrifice you made on the cross. Thank you for taking my place and shedding your blood so that I can be justified. Thank you God for setting me a apart and drawing me closer to you. Thank you for your Holy Spirit.  I pray that as I go through this process of sanctification that you continue to guide me and help me surrender to your will as I become more like you. My desire is to be a clean vessel for your glory and honor. I declare that sin may have no part with me. I declare all chains of the enemy broken in the mighty name of Jesus and that your Holy Spirit may flow freely in my life in Jesus name!! Amen!!

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pok%C3%A9mon

http://www.pokemon.com/us/parents-guide/

https://bible.org/article/regeneration-justification-and-sanctification

http://www.ligonier.org/blog/what-are-justification-and-sanctification/

http://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/justification-and-sanctification-what-do-they-mean-and-what-does-the-bible-teach-about-them-11628887.html

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/justification

https://www.cmalliance.org/alife/sanctification-101/

I’m Back and I’m Better

It’s been almost a year since my last blog post and so much has happened that I can’t wait to share with you all! This past year has been one for the books! God has continued to bless me in so many ways despite my shortcomings and how unworthy I am. I have come to know His love, mercy and grace in such marvelous and great ways, Wow!!! He is so good and so real in my life and He can be in yours too if you let Him and believe!!!

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I am currently with a broken foot and on non-weight bearing and it has been the perfect opportunity for me to just refocus on the important things and reflect on everything.  I have been so busy with work and preoccupied with other things of life that I really haven’t had the chance to really do things that I love and are very important to me, one of them being writing and sharing what God has put in my heart. But that is all about to change and for the better.  I have been tired of living mechanically and I guess that having this broken foot has really made me more self-aware and thoughtful of ways to make things better without letting anything get in the way.

I have trust that God will lead me in every step of the way. I love how despite my broken foot being such an inconvenience, I have come to see the good in it, for me it has definitely been a blessing in disguise.

Well that is all for now folks…

Stay tune for more posts and updates on my broken foot and how I broke it! How in the world did I end up with a #JonesFracture???

 

The BEST of ME

I am not the best daughter, the best friend, the best speaker, the best writer, the popular one, the one that everyone loves and adores. I have struggled because I have lived a life to be the best for people and have always failed because the best that they were expecting was not me at all but a glimpse of who they wanted to be. Therefore, when I did not fit to their paradigm of the best  or the best of who they wanted me to be, they rejected me and this left me feeling empty, confused and with no sense of value. Who they wanted me to be was not me, was not the best of who I was really meant to be. It was not until I turned to my creator, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that I began to feel a sense of purpose. For the living word of God says that,

For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.

He made me and created me for a purpose.  It was like scales being removed from my eyes and I could finally see that my purpose was not to fit the mold of people’s perception of the best of me but that I was created to live out my purpose and the best of me for Jesus Christ and him alone.  He is my GOD and has never abandoned me or rejected me when I have made mistakes and not fit into his expectations, instead he helps me, walks with me and teaches me to the best for HIM, the best he created me to be before I even existed.  It is not about me anymore but what I am through him who loved and cared for me when everyone else abandoned and rejected me for not being the best and fitting into their mold. He knows me more than anyone, before the foundations of the earth, he saw me. And after I rejected him and put him to the side and went my own way to fulfill my desire and fulfilling the desires of others, pleasing others to please myself through their acceptance to only then be rejected over and over. He still called me by my name and loved me so much. He let me know that HE died for my failures, my sin that was killing me so that I can be the best for him and through him.

God is perfect and he created me fearfully and wonderfully, in his image of perfection and until I reach there I will never be satisfied with less or fulfilling people’s expectations of what they think should be the best of me. At this time, right now, I may not be the best version of what God created me to be, but I hold on to this, that I know for sure is that I am headed there and just knowing that God is with me and will never leave me or forsake me on this journey to the best of what he created me to be gives me great delight.

Psalm 139: 13-16

You made my whole being;
    you formed me in my mother’s body.
 I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way.
    What you have done is wonderful.
    I know this very well.
 You saw my bones being formed
    as I took shape in my mother’s body.
When I was put together there,
you saw my body as it was formed.
All the days planned for me
    were written in your book
    before I was one day old.

Lord God I pray that your will be done in my life. That I may live a life for you and only you. To be the best of me through you who created me to be. Thank you Lord for your word, for your wisdom. Continue to strengthen me in Jesus name, Amen!!!