Saying What God Says You Are

In the early part of my career, I started saying “I am best selling author.” because I had to speak  words of Life over my life and not  death. I  believe that there is no such thing as failure in God’s eyes because  he created me in His image!  It is the same for you or anyone else. Satan would  love to have  us look at our circumstances. He would  put doubts in your mind and sometimes he will use people to do it.  The very  first time this happened in the Bible(but not using people) was the garden of Eden.  God told  Adam that he could not  eat from the tree  of the knowledge of good  and evil. What did he say? What he says to all of us” “Did God really say..?”  As long as Satan can  cause us to doubt,  we have heeded his voice and already acted upon it. “Hmm, may I am not after all.”

One of my favorite examples is Abraham and although it is not written, we can imagine we must have gone through. There weren’t many people who had the same kind of faith he had. They were mostly idol worshipers yet God changed Abram’s name to Abraham meaning the Father of Many Nations.   In the book of Roman’s chapter 4 it  is written: “…who contrary to hope in hope believed so that he became the  father of many nations, according to what was  spoken, ‘So shall your descendants be.’  And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body(He  did not look at his circumstances), already dead(since eh was about 100 years old and the deadness of  Sarah’s womb. He did not waiver at the promise of God through unbelief, but  was strengthen in faith, giving glory to God, and being FULLY CONVINCED that what He had promised He was  also able to perform.”  Those are awesome verses for us to apply to ourselves. Recently I lost  hold of those verses as I  almost faltered in my faith. I began to think that maybe I wont become a best selling author until God reminded me of Abraham.  Now I am not saying I will become one  over night because Abraham did not become one over night either, but if he waiver in Faith, it may  not have happened. GImage

Sharing What God Puts on Your Heart

We all come from different walks of life and some  of us are heavily influenced by the opinion of  groups we belong to, but if God puts on your heart to share, do not be afraid  of what people will think.  In the Bible, Jesus talked about the seed that fell on 4 different kinds of soil: the one that fell by the wayside is the person who received God’s word, but it didn’t last because the enemy took it away. The one that fell on shallow ground is the one who received it but it didn’t last because of trials and persecutions. The one that fell on thorny ground is the one that let cares of this life and deceitfulness of riches choke the word out of them (I believe there are many  people like that.) And at last the good soil: They keep the word in their heart and produce a great  harvest!  Just do your part and let God do the rest.  Lately I have done that and so has my sister but we bore the reproach  of our friends. However it is not us that they reject but his word and  therefore did not have the fourth soil of their heart.

Sharing What God Puts on Your Heart

We all come from different walks of life and some  of us are heavily influenced by the opinion of  groups we belong to, but if God puts on your heart to share, do not be afraid  of what people will think.  In the Bible, Jesus talked about the seed that fell on 4 different kinds of soil: the one that fell by the wayside is the person who received God’s word, but it didn’t last because the enemy took it away. The one that fell on shallow ground is the one who received it but it didn’t last because of trials and persecutions. The one that fell on thorny ground is the one that let cares of this life and deceitfulness of riches choke the word out of them (I believe there are many  people like that.) And at last the good soil: They keep the word in their heart and produce a great  harvest!  Just do your part and let God do the rest.  Lately I have done that and so has my sister but we bore the reproach  of our friends. However it is not us that they reject but his word and  therefore did not have the fourth soil of their heart.

Friendship

Over the course of time on Facebook I have seen many wall posts about Friends and friendship. To me, a true friend is someone who is like you in every way. I am not saying you have to be twins, but you don’t want a friend who is going to criticize  your choices.  It is true that it is written in the Bible, “As iron sharpens Iron so does a man to his friend” (My translation)  If a friend is going to help you grow in their faith, you must also understand their faith. If you are a Catholic, you don’t want your friend to put down your faith.  I know someone  who did that to my sister but it wasn’t Catholic versus Pentecostal. It was Methodist Versus  a style of preaching.  My sister does not need her “best friend” to tell her who is false and who is not. She is of a different faith than her. If you are going to  be a best friend, you support them and trust that the Lord will help them to see the error of their ways.  I have friends who has also hurt me in the past in the same way, but I never put down their faith. I may their choice of candidates, but if they want to believe that God wants them poor all their lives, let them, but I WILL NOT HAVE my friends to poison my mind with their unbelief.  Their unbelief is that God wants them to prosper! Just because they don’t see it happen around them or in their life does not mean  God  does not want them to prosper. That is looking at their circumstances. They are basing what they see on what they think is  true or not. That is not faith.
I am glad I find  what people  are like before I meet them. I remember I used to have a friend who was a Methodist  when I met her. At that time I was a Baptist and it didn’t matter what faith she was because later we both became spirit filled and attended a nondenominational  church together until after she moved.  This friend never had enough faith to believe in my dreams. I remember I had a  dream one night that I was to take my bike through a dark tunnel or stairway. She refused to go with me. Why? Because the darkness represent uncertainty.  Faith is the evidence of things UNSEEN. After awhile, after she had moved, I realized  she was back to her old self. She even had given up on her own dreams.

This post was written on my behalf and  for my sisterImage

Put on Hold or Discouraged?

I value the opinion of my friends, esp those who are authors themselves but when someone says something I should do before submitting my next story. I usually  weigh it in. Nothing is cheap and I do not work. It is not that I do not want to it is because I haven’t found one yet. I put in my resumes online to two places. You see what THEY suggested is rather expensive or unavailable: Have an editor look at my manuscript  or have someone to proofread my story. Those two options seems to be out of reach right now until I was told about Dictionary.com. I went there and thought it said 19.99. I knew I could afford that because I had some money saved up! Suddenly there was hope! However as I went to pay for the use of their editorial services, I saw it said, 34.99. I thought “What? I thought it said 19.99!” You can imagine how discourage I was and I was back to having my story put on hold.  I need someone to proofread it but two I have in mind  either lives out of town or I hardly see the other one. The answer to my question is both, but I will not give up.