Final Post

Photo Credit: brainsonfire.com

Photo Credit: brainsonfire.com

When I first realized that I would be blogging in this class, I was pretty bummed out.  I did not want to blog by any means, and I definitely didn’t want to be graded while doing so.  Although, the process turned out to be much better than I expected, and it wasn’t bad at all.  In fact, I’m glad that this counted for a large portion of our grade within the class, because it was a good way to keep the motive there.

If I had to make changes to my blog, I would just allow more time to be spent on the little details of it.  Like changing the background, more images included, or just more of the smaller details enhanced.  The widget was a really great tool when blogging, and being able to move it to the side or bottom of your posts was really helpful in presenting ideas. This experience could definitely benefit me in the future, because any time you are writing you are bettering that skill that will be used in any career field.  Just because my blog was specifically about Jesus and everything He has done within my life, doesn’t mean that throughout writing these posts my vocabulary wasn’t enhanced or I just became a better writer in general.  Blogging is just like writing an essay, except it is something that you actually have a passion for which prompts you to work on it unlike an essay.  Whenever I have a career later in life I may write/blog about it, so that others aspiring the career can see the ins and outs of what they would be doing if they pursued it.

There were many more benefits to blogging than I would have thought, and I am glad that I took this course.  It was a good experience and I will recommend this course to any of my friends that may be interested.  Below is a link that I found that reinforces all of the beneficial aspects of blogging!

http://www.stayonsearch.com/21-key-benefits-of-blogging

Live by Faith

Photo Credit: Lifehopeandtruth.com

Photo Credit: Lifehopeandtruth.com

When we have the revelation of our Savior in Christ Jesus, it COMPLETELY alters our life!! He completely opens up our hearts and eyes to see things in a whole new light, and it literally changes us whenever we accept Him into our hearts as our Lord! In 2 Corinthians 5:17, it is written “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” It doesn’t say that the person is changed, or that the person now under Christ will see some differences.  The Word of God says that the NEW CREATION has come! We are made completely new in Christ Jesus through a complete and total transformation of our old selves! It’s amazing, and I can definitely attest to that because of the person I used to be, and now because of who I am today!  My heart was instantaneously changed forever whenever Jesus came into my heart.

In the book of Galatians, verse 20, it says, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” That scripture says it all.  That is exactly what our lives reflect when we chase after Jesus; completely lived by faith in the Son of God, who was so gracious and merciful to even allow us to have relationship with Him after we are the ones who messed it up initially in the Garden of Eve.  But God’s love is inescapable, and he has shown it to us through His son Jesus Christ who is the only True God!

Although, when we live by faith, that means so much more than just believing in God, and even more just believing that He sent His son Jesus to wash us clean in His blood.  Yes, those points are absolutely true, but when we really live by faith, it means we give God complete and total control of our lives! Which means we lose control and have to trust Him with everything!  Not only that, but we even submit the desires of our flesh before His throne!  Sexual immorality, drunkenness, and pride are just a few things that we continually give to Him, even when we fall back into them!  His grace is abounding and sufficient, and He loves when we just chase after Him with everything we have! Below is a link pertaining to how our faith pleases God!

http://lifehopeandtruth.com/change/faith/

Blog Review – Awaken Movement

Photo Credit: Art House Dallas.com

Photo Credit: Art House Dallas.com

I decided to review a blog series called the Awaken Movement, and it is an awesome blog.  The past couple weeks they have been going through the book of Mark in the new testament, and they go well in depth into the scripture, but they don’t just talk about it but they also reference and bring up the scripture so that the reader can see for themselves what it says.  Also, the blog talks about the history and the culture of the time pertaining to the scripture, which can be HUGE to grasping the understanding of the message and just how important some of the events that happened were.  For example, in week 7 of the review in the book of Mark, it goes into detail of the importance of a Messiah in Jewish culture, which can help the reader grasp a deeper understanding.

Also, even after the scripture and message, they present questions for the reader which is HUGE.  When reading God’s word, it’s one thing to just read the scripture, but to actually apply it to your everyday life and examine it from every angle is another way we can go in deeper with the Lord.  When we reflect and ask questions pertaining to scripture and then are able to in turn answer them, or even allow God to answer them for us, we see deeper relationship with Him!  This blog presents questions to the reader, and allows them to think about the scripture from another aspect other than just reading it.

Finally, this blog even offers a prayer for the reader at the end of the post!  Now this is helpful to any new believer and can really allow the Holy Spirit to move and mentor an individual how to pray, and just even showing how important prayer is for a believer.  This blog not only dives into God’s Word, but also allows the reader to reflect on what they just read, as well has helping the believer grow in other aspects such as prayer!  Here’s the blog!

http://www.awakenmovement.com/blog

BE THANKFUL

Photo Credit : Pinterest.com

Photo Credit : Pinterest.com

Man, in every second of life, we have countless reasons to be thankful!  Not only because of the fact that we’re alive and breathing, but just for our physical health and the fact that no matter what our situation, even if you feel that you’re in a bad one, could be much worse!  As humans it’s just in our nature to always be striving, to always want more, to always be selfish or greedy in a sense, but Jesus calls us to do the opposite!  To be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10), and to just rest in His perfect presence and everything He has already done for us!!

In 1 Thessalonians 5, God calls us to 16) Rejoice always; 17) pray without ceasing; 18) in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  It says in EVERYTHING give thanks, not just when you’re having a good time or everything is going great, but even in the storms praise Him and allow Him to take you through that storm, because He is the ONLY one who can!  Jesus allows us to be in such a restful place in our lives, no matter our situation, because He is unchanging and He is a faithful God who loves us more than we could ever imagine.  As we rest in Him and allow Him to move in our lives, we begin to see more and more how faithful He is!

In everything we have every reason to be thankful, and Jesus is the only way we can be!  He reveals these truths in our heart as to how to submit everything before Him, and just how important it is that we give Him our all, every aspect of our lives!  When we’re truly honoring Him with genuine thanksgiving from our hearts, we will truly see our “worries” or “stresses” fade away! Here’s a link showing just how many references there are in God’s Word there are to be thankful! http://www.openbible.info/topics/being_thankful

Photo Slideshow – Salvation!

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Man, God is good! It’s crazy looking back on my life prior to Christ, and just how much He alone has changed it all! My life is now so full of His love and His grace and mercy, and now i can’t imagine being without it!  Above are a few special moments of me experiencing God’s love, and just moments that are to come in the future!  I can just look and reflect on these images and it just takes me back to where I was in the moment, and God just ministers to my heart on just how lost I was without Him, and how gracious He is to rescue me from my sorrow! That is why i have given my life to Christ, and I will NEVER turn away from Him, because He is everything and within Him is everything!

I was so broken and lost before I invited God into my heart, and it is still unreal how He took it from me the instant I asked Him, and how ever since then He has been allowing our relationship to grow so much more intimate than I could ever even imagine!  That is all He wants from all of His children, for them to open up there hearts and be willing to accept Jesus Christ into their hearts and as their Lord and Savior!  He isn’t asking for any good person or perfect person because there is no such thing!  We all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23) and the only thing that can cleanse us from our sin is God’s son Jesus! It’s amazing how free and available He makes Himself to us, being to God of the universe and all things, yet His love is so attainable! We just have to say yes in our hearts!

Glory Glory Glory

App "Glory Glory Glory" used to encourage believers!

App “Glory Glory Glory” used to encourage believers!

Example of scheduling in app "Glory Glory Glory"

Example of scheduling in app “Glory Glory Glory”

Ever want a little encouragement as your walking with the Lord? Sure, everybody does!  With the app Glory Glory Glory, you can get daily scriptures and encouraging stories daily!  Also, it allows users in the same area to get connected and meet up for any local events that may be going on!  The app is free to download, and it will definitely be worth downloading!  With the daily scriptures posted every morning, those may help you get through your day!  They may be just what you needed to hear in order to keep walking strong and fighting the good fight!

For example, at Texas State alone there are several ministries, and each of them do events around or on campus at different times, daily!  It can definitely be tough to keep up them, but with this app they will be posted daily, so that you wont have to manually keep track of each and every event.  You just simply check your app, go to the schedule tab of the app, and any events happening anytime soon will be posted right there!  Easy to use, easy to access, and extremely helpful!

The more people at Texas State who download the app, the more our campus can stay connected! The app may even show events weeks in advance, so that all you have to do is mark your calendar.  The first event listed is for Wednesday the 25th, our week back after spring break, and it is Crosstalk held in Alkek 250.  The other ministries will also be listed in the app, as well as maybe any local events such as Austin or San Antonio area.

https://www.yapp.us/ – website used to create app!

The Helper

Image from : The New York Optimist.com

Image from : The New York Optimist.com

Praise God for the Holy Spirit! Whenever Jesus departed to heaven, He did not leave us as orphans! (John ) God has left us with His Holy Spirit to dwell within us after giving our hearts to Him! The same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead on the third day! Through His Holy Spirit we may have eternal communion with God the Father, and allow His Spirit to teach us and lead us daily! We may surrender our fleshly desires and intentions to that of the Holy Spirit, and walk in that consecration that is only possible through God’s abounding grace!

Without the Holy Spirit, we would be slaves to our flesh and our fleshy desires, and we wouldn’t have a choice but to give into them continuously.  Although, once we receive the Holy Sprit through accepting Jesus Christ into our hearts as our Lord and Savior, we are COMPLETELY set free from this world, including our own flesh! We may walk in the freedom of everything that Jesus Christ has done on the Cross, and allow our minds to be renewed through His perfect love.  His Spirit allows us to see the world and problems around us in a completely new perspective, a heavenly perspective (Colossians 3:1-4).

Jesus Himself says that it would be better for us if we were left with the Helper (Holy Spirit)  to dwell within us, rather than His bodily form (John 16:7).  Now Father God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are all one entity, just different forms of God, but still all perfect.  This can get confusing to some people, but it’s the same as how you can be viewed in your family.  If you’re a guy, for example, you may be your mother’s son, but you’re also your sister’s brother, and your uncle’s nephew, all at the same time. Same concept really, The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are all just our eternally loving God!!

Seek Jesus daily, but not of your own power! If we rely on our own power, we would fail every time! He provides us rest, and we are able to seek Him and His perfection daily through the perfect Gift of His Holy Spirit! Amen! Here’s an article pertaining to the importance of the Holy Spirit!

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2014/december/most-important-thing-about-holy-spirit.html

Grace

Cross taken from Google Images

Cross taken from Google Images

Grace, grace, grace! When following Jesus, grace is a foundational concept to understand just how much God loves us, and just how much it has nothing to do with ourselves, but everything to do with Him and His will!  His grace encompasses the truth that we deserved the death Jesus died on the cross, although he lived a perfect, sinless life, and that through His grace he was the ultimate propitiation, the perfect sacrifice, to satisfy God’s wrath.  It says in Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God”.  That through God’s eternal grace, we may then be saved through our faith and belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God, and that it is not anything of our own power, but God’s perfect gift.

How graceful is God that He would allow us, completely stained by sin, to be cleansed by the perfect sacrificial blood of his son Jesus, so that we may again have relationship with our creator! So that we may again be in relationship with the one and only entity that matters, and that is our Father in heaven, that we may be like Adam and Eve and walk with our Father daily, until we get to see Him face to face in heaven!  Words can’t even begin to explain how precious of a gift that truly is, and that is why I have given Jesus my life, that He may use me as a vessel to spread His glory, and that He and only He may receive all the glory from anything He allows to happen in my life.  Not to mention that I get to know the creator of the universe more and more every single day, and also how much more He loves me and rejoices in the fact that I am seeking relationship with Him!

God’s grace is eternal! No matter what you have done in your past, how bad a person you may think you are, however ugly your secrets may be, God already knows them and His grace is sufficient! He loves you and is pursuing relationship with you, and if you desire relationship with God than the only way to obtain that is through His Son Jesus Christ, who was sent from His throne in heaven to die for our sins, and was resurrected from the grave to defeat death and overcome sin once and for all!

http://www.whatisgrace.net/jesus-is-the-grace-of-god/ – Awesome article going deeper into God’s Grace!

Identity

Jesus as seen in the movie "Heaven is for Real"

Jesus as seen in the movie “Heaven is for Real”

Your identity in Christ is everything within your relationship with Him! Identity is defined as: the fact of being who or what a person or thing is.  When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, it allows us to completely identify with Him and everything He has done for us on the Cross!  He has bore every sin, shame, guilt, fear, anxiety, and anything else that could oppress us as His children, and when we truly realize that it allows us to walk in that COMPLETE freedom that we can only obtain through Jesus.

In 1 Peter 1, Peter writes in verses (13) Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (14) As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, (15) but like the Holy one who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior, (16) because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY”.  It doesn’t get much more straightforward than that; we were once ignorant to our sin and offenses against God, but through the revelation of who Jesus Christ is and how much we are in need of a savior as sinners, we are able to allow Him to transform us (while not being conformed to our old selves through continuously sinning) and we can become more holy day by day as we just seek our Father and allow Him to work in us!

Another part that speaks to me is verse 15, when it says “the Holy one who called you” because it is God who first calls us into the destiny He has for us! It is nothing we can say or do that we may be able to boast about, but only through His will are we able to even know Him personally, which is the greatest blessing in itself.  I encourage whoever may be reading this to just allow God to work on your heart, that you may truly seek that identify we find within our Father, as I am continuously seeking it day by day, and how amazing of a journey it has already been for me.

http://www.joycemeyer.org/articles/ea.aspx?article=finding_my_identity_in_christ – Link discussing the importance of our identity in Christ!