Tuesday, October 15, 2013

"Yet My People Have Forgotten"

"Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire?
Yet my people have forgotten me
days without number."
Jeremiah 2:32

In the Old Testament of the Bible, the children of Isereal were constantly forgetting God. They forgot God and all that He had done for them.

Jeremiah 2:6-7
"Neither said they, where is the LORD that brought us up out of Eygpt, that led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and of pits, and of the shadow of death, through a land that no man passed through, and where no man dwelt?
And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine herritage an abomination."

As you see in these verses, the Lord had blessed the children of Isereal. He gave them everything they could ask for. He even deliverd them and supplied their needs. Then in return they forgot the Lord and all he had done.
You say oh wow that is just a terrible thing that the children of Isreal had forgotten the Lord after all he did for them. You may even say, "I would never turn my back on the Lord".
But Christians are doing the same thing in 2013 that the children of Isreal were doing way back in the OT.

We seem to have time for everything and everyone in our lives, except for God.
We wouldn't DARE miss the football game on Saturday, but we forget church on Sunday.
We WON'T miss the dinner plans we have with our friends, but we don't have time to spend with the Lord everyday.
We CAN'T cancel our doctor appointment, but it's ok to not talk to the Lord today. He understands.
I HAVE to clean my house today, but I can't memorize any scripture because it's just too hard.
Our family HAS to spend time together, but we are too tired to be involved with the church.
Does this sound familar to you?
We let our life get so busy that we don't have time with God.
Or is the real problem just simply, we don't want to make time for God?
My papa says, "People will do what they want to do". That statement is so very true! We make time in our lives, every single day to do what we want to do. If the truth be told, we just don't want to. We would rather do other things than spend time with the Lord.
If you are a true Christian who has been washed in the blood of The Lamb, you have so much to be thankful for! The Lord has never forsaken you or forgotten you.
He shed His precious blood for you on Calvary and saved your lost soul from Hell! And as if that isn't enough on it's own, He feeds you, He gives you a place to sleep and clothes to wear. He continues to bless you every day, even though you have forgotten Him days without number.
Do you understand what that means? It means that even after all the Lord has done for you, you have forgotten Him too many days to count!
Is this the kind of fellowship you want to have with your heveanly Father? I should hope not!
You CAN have fellowship with the Lord everyday, even in the midst of all the other things going on in your life. But God should be number one! Not anyone or anything!
If we were to ask God about your fellowship with the Lord today what would He say? Would He have to reply with the same answer that He did with the children of Isereal?...yet __ __ (your name) has forgotten me days without number?
Don't allow yourself to become this kind of Christian!
I encourage you to not forget about the Lord and to always put Him first in the start of every single day!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Reason for Reflecting

Hello everyone,
I am sorry I have been behind on posting anything new for a month or so. In the past few weeks, I have went to visit family in South Carolina and then in Florida. Then my sister, Maria and I, moved from North Carolina to Albany, Georgia. And now I am currently in the proccess of finding a job and getting sittuated in the new area.
Although my life has been busy, I have taken the time to reflect on some things that I have come to both learn and realize in the past months of living on my own.
Seeing as I had never lived on my own, it was very different for me. I spent almost twenty-four years living with my parents.
I had always wondered at the thought of what it would be like to live in a place of my own where I had no one to answer to, no parents to nag me of the things I needed to get accomplished or things I needed to finish; a place to just fully relax and completely be...me. I quickly came to the relization that it was a lot harder than I had expected.
Sure I enjoyed coming and going as I pleased, spending money buying the food and things that I desired, staying up as late as I wanted, sleeping in as long as I wanted and having friends stay over.
But after a while I grew very lonely and I would bet bored very easily.
In the past I would come home after a long day of work, sit on the couch, and rattle off about everything that was in my head about the day to my mom. She would listen intently and I enjoyed talking to her because it was my way of venting.
It didn't take me long to start missing those long talks. I also began to realize there were a lot of things I had taken for granted. Things that I didn't use to have to do on a regular basis because I had relied on mama to take care of them for me. Of course I would ocasionally thank her on a special holiday, such as Mother's Day. But I had never quite understood all the hard, loving work she had done for me.
Another thing I came to realize was how much my parents love and care for me.
Sure I had friends in North Carolina. We hung out and had a lot of fun together. But I began to notice that no one I hung out with or talked to or spent time with, loved me the way my mama and daddy does. No one has sacrificed as much for me, or listened to me with as much of their heart, or taken as much time, or has prayed as many prayers for me, or taught me more about God and the Bible, or have been a better example to and for me than any other person on the earth.
I have tried praying and searching all over for a true, godly friend. The Lord has shown me that, yes I will have friends through life, but no one can ever be a better friend to me than the ones God has placed in my life. I know it is not a popular thing in todays world, to call your parents your best friend. But I have to say that besides Jesus, I do not have any greater friends than my mama and daddy!