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Jul 6, 2015
I get so much enlightenment from church and I hope by sharing what I learn that others can grow spiritually along with me. My future Bishop likes to teach in series. Over the past two weeks he has been taking about relationships and the image of the cross. The cross is a picture of a vertical line with a horizontal line across. Our relationship with God represents the vertical line and all other relationships represents the horizontal line. The horizontal line includes your relationships with family, friends, coworkers and etc.
Last week, I wrote how he talked about you cannot have a true relationship with someone without communication. Well these past two weeks he also mentioned how if your vertical relationship with God is not right there is no way your horizontal relations can work right. Communicating and spending time with God is how to strengthen your vertical relation. Colossians 3:16 says “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” The beginning of this same verse in the Amplified version says “Let the word spoken by Christ the Messiah have its home in your hearts and minds.
Christ has to be consistently in our hearts and minds in order for our vertical relationship to be strong. When the only time you spend with God is on Sundays or less frequently then Christ is only a visitor in your the home of your heart and mind. In order for someone to live in your house they will have the ability to have all access to your house, and they will actually frequently spend time in your house. Well it’s the same with Christ. In order for Him to make your heart and mind His home, you have to invite Him in, allow Him to have full access, and you have to spend time with Him daily and frequently. You do this by staying in the word of God, by reading the Bible, listening to the word, singing praises and worship songs, and praying. Consistently doing these things strengthens your vertical relationship with Christ. If He is not in your mind and heart consistently then there is no way your vertical relationship can be strong to live a successful spiritual life.
When we face any kind of horizontal problem, as Christians, we should first turn our attention to our vertical relationship. By giving our heart and mind up to Christ during horizontal problems, our vertical relationship with Christ will handle whatever horizontal problems you may have. Instead of putting all our attention and focus on what is going on in our horizontal life, our attention and focus on God will resolve all of our horizontal problems.
Jul 3, 2015
Jul 2, 2015
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Even though I had a rough emotional and physical childhood, looking back as an adult I would have to say I was very blessed as a kid. I had many opportunities that many have not had, and I grew up in a very rich spiritual and family heritage. Watching one of my favorite talk shows, The Real, I got an idea to write about what I would tell me younger self if I could go back in time and talk to myself from my twenties and younger. My husband said that my list is long, so I guess that means that I was in need of a lot of encouragement when I younger.
My list of what I would tell my younger self:
- · What people say about you does not define you· Things will get better over time
- Your best days are yet to come
- · You are beautiful inside and out
- · Just be yourself….you do not have to be a people pleasure to be accepted
- · You are so blessed and rich from where you came from
- · Who you are today is much different much different from whom you will become
- · You will grow so much for the better
- · Accept yourself for who you are and love yourself
- · Love and appreciate your differences
- · Your mistakes and wrongs in life do not define you
- · You are truly forgiven if you ask for forgiveness….you do not have to beat yourself up over and over again for your mistakes
- · Unforgiveness keeps you in bondage and forgiveness frees you
- · Keep your focus on the good and positive things in your life and give up all the negative things for God to handle