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Monday is coming….

Monday is Coming

John 2:18-22

New Liberty Sermon

Pastor Kyle – Student Pastor

8/21/16

We’re extremely busy, were extremely broken! Are we equipped to go out for the week and know we’re loved no matter what happens… Is Sunday merely an event in our week?

Big idea: Sunday MUST impact Monday! 

Sunday MUST impact our life on a daily basis… This isn’t just a building, this is a group of people, our family. 

Monday is WHEN REALITY HITS

Mark 14:43-50

John 18:1-11

Do we go from our own instincts or do we draw from The wisdom of the Father? 
Monday is WHEN SUNDAY IS TESTED AND YOUR FAITH IS PUT TO WORK
Mark 14:66-72

John 18:15-27

A feeling of guilt is about conviction… The tugging is God pulling you in and LOVING on you. Accountability is important, no matter if it’s school, hobby, work, etc. People need to know where you stand. Let people know we’re a Christ follower… Are you fearing the accountability of your actions? It can be good, we need that on a daily basis. When Peter denied Jesus, they (the servant(s) asking if he knew Jesus) didn’t know where he stood. Who are the servant girls in your life? If someone asks where you go or if you believe in God, can you be open and admit the truth? 
There is power is the name of Jesus! 
Jesus is a buzz word… When said in a non religious place or place “accepted” outright… Heads turn…. This is a hot topic! The name of Jesus will turn heads! We need to let people know where we stand! We have the best news… Jesus didn’t die, he rose from the grave! He died on the cross for our sins, for our transgressions, for us to be free, and wants to change others through you, radically
Jesus wants to work from the inside out… He doesn’t care to see what’s on the outside if the inside doesn’t match… Jesus is the HOPE of the world! 
Don’t leave church knowing a story… Know how it applies to you and your life and how it can change you and use you for the WORLD! He put you here for each specific person you encounter. Don’t let church be a hobby… Following Jesus will cost you EVERYTHING! It will cost you marriage, friendships, popularity, judgement, job, etc.
What I gain is SO MUCH BETTER than what I LOSE
Find the passion for Christ daily.. He doesn’t change, we do! 
“In Deed and in Truth”

1 John

Is church an event or apart of your life?
Judge your success on the outcome, not the numbers or what you see that comes to you daily or in the pews … 
“So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking about the temple of his body. When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.”
– ‭‭John‬ ‭2:18-22‬‬
“And immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man. Seize him and lead him away under guard.” And when he came, he went up to him at once and said, “Rabbi!” And he kissed him. And they laid hands on him and seized him. But one of those who stood by drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear. And Jesus said to them, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But let the Scriptures be fulfilled.” And they all left him and fled.”

– ‭‭Mark‬ ‭14:43-50‬‬
“And as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came, and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with the Nazarene, Jesus.” But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you mean.” And he went out into the gateway and the rooster crowed. And the servant girl saw him and began again to say to the bystanders, “This man is one of them.” But again he denied it. And after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter, “Certainly you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.” But he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know this man of whom you speak.” And immediately the rooster crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept.”

– ‭‭Mark‬ ‭14:66-72‬‬

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Thy Will Be Done

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬

http://bible.com/59/mat.6.10.esv

Is it our will? It is our control? Our plan? What we think should happen or even how it should happen? Do we have control? 

This isn’t about us, it’s about Christ…. 

We pray. We cry out. We shout and tell Him our deepest fears. Our deepest regrets. Our hurts, hang ups, worries. We feel as though our words aren’t bein heard or their not reaching the farthest depths of Heaven. Unanswered prayers…. Do they exist. Absolutely. Are we being punished? No! We’re being carefully watched, molded, nudged, and little by little, being lead to the place in this world…. Where we belong, where we have a place to use our gifts…. Our talents…. Even in the moments we don’t feel we belong or were not on the “right path.”  God knows. He has a plan for us all. 

His promises are true! His words in the Bible are the words that we should be inhaling and grasping onto as we read them and should be reading them more in depth and more closely. I for one, don’t do this as often as I should, nor do I share this as I should be these days. Something I am in progress of working towards… I have been MIA…. 

I have allowed busyness to encompass my life and take over the most important part of my life and most important person in my life, God. My creator. 
“Thy will be done!”

What a beautiful song. Angelic. Majestic. While we don’t know quiet yet at all times where we may be, what His plans for us are or even where we’ll end up, He knows. And I for one am ok with this. He will prevail. He will take care of me. He will provide. He will lead my path. He will use me! 

I want to be used for HIS glory! I want to be placed in the path of where He wants me. I want to plant, water or harvest as He sees for my life. 

No matter what today brings, or how today went, God knew what was coming and what our life has in store…. He also knows about our tomorrow…. 

I have had a statement from our Pastor Emeritus on my heart for some weeks…. “How long does it take to get to hell? One heartbeat! How long to get to Heaven? One Heartbeat!”

Choice…. We all have one….. 

May God bless you and keep you friends. 

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Prayer

So many times in the past few months, I have felt led to go and speak with a pastor or someone in the church, and then I feel held back. “What will this person think? What will they say? Will they look at me like I’m silly to come with this request?”  All too often it’s the devil that keeps me held back in my own pity party. My own despair. My own world of “Nothing will make it ok.”   And that’s not true. I know a good prayer could really help me right now. Others request it and I’m up and ready for the task to do so, no judgement, no motives other than to simply do what they have asked, pray.

The last few months, I have felt lost, struggling within my own place of church and feel that no one truly understands what I’m dealing with: depression.  Who in that church would really and truly see ME and understand what I’m dealing with? Who would want to lend a prayer for me?  All those questions that are answered easily… YES they would care, YES they would pray if I requested it, YES they would lend an ear, hand, or just a good thought for me if I asked. So what keeps me from doing just that, asking??

I feel scattered and my thoughts race …. I wish I was courageous enough to just ASK, simply ASK for a prayer for me…That I’ll find an answer for what I really need, a kind word, gesture, tug, prayer warriors for me… that are close by. I have plenty of people I could ask online, but their all scattered across the board, and there is no real accountability except for myself.

Soon I will head to my doctor and see about some medication … but for now I ask for prayers…. I don’t feel ok and I feel isolated, and I’m sure the truth is, I have isolated myself…… I don’t like how I’m feeling.

So much has happened and I hope to write more in the coming months and pray that 2015 is a better year to come!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year friends.

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God’s Chisel

How do you see yourself? Do you feel lost? Confused? Conflicted? Do you think that you’re worth is not worth having God as your savior?

You’re WORTH everything to God. He longs for you to open your arms and show him that you have love and faith in Him. You don’t have to work towards your enternal life in Heaven, you have to admit to him that you need him as your Savior and ask Him into your life. Pray. Talk to Him. Let Him know your needs. He’s behind you 100%.

This video is amazing. Really shows that God should have full control of our lives. It’s going to hurt. It’s going to feel lonely, bad, but in the end… it’s amazing!

Let God and Let go. One of the greatest feelings ever!

I ask that God bless this person reading this now. Touch this person’s life. Give them a spirit of joy and not fear. Thank you Father that you can and will change this person’s life! Thank you Father for giving us hope. Thank you for giving us our needs. You will never fail us! In Christ Name, Amen!

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Brokenness Aside

BROKENNESS ASIDE

Are you broken? Hurt? Looking for a way out or something that can heal you??? 

I’m broken. I have my days where I feel ultimately lost. Like I’ll never mend. Then there is this miraculous thing that happens. The holy spirit. Inside my heart, by body, my mind. Mends me. Heals me. Talks to me. 

Once I accepted Christ as my Savior. I was saved through Him as he died on the cross for me. 

I can come to Him with anything and he’ll respond to me… but even after acceptance, there are steps that we have to make as Christians, God honoring, God following and obedient Christians…. Only God can take your brokenness and make it BEAUTIFUL.

A reality check… For every cause (sin) there is a consequence.. but there is also a CURE! You have to admit you are NOT God, and admit that you NEED God. What do I need to do in my life in order to obtain healing? Easy…. Put God in control of EVERYTHING. Not just the big things you can’t maintain and control, but everything. Don’t just sit on a stool and say, “Well you can have this, but I have this TINY part of my life that I’m sure I can control God, no worries.” No! Wrong! Give over everything and in everything be in prayer and repetition of prayer. Give it to God. Allow Him to bring up the door that needs to be opened at the right time, place, date, etc.  He’ll give you everything you need! You just need be obedient to Him. 

HOPE…. Is there help when I’m hurting? 

  • Acknowledge God’s existence
  • Understand God’s character
  • Accept God’s offer to help


“There is power available to handle things I can’t handle on my own – There is hope!”  God knows about our situation. god cares about our situation. God can CHANGE ME and my situation. God knows everything I have done, I’m doing and I’m going to do without a thought and still LOVES me whole heartedly, without judgement. No one else will do this. No one else will love you unconditionally.  Find God, talk to Him, be real. Be upfront. Let Him see the real you. Don’t back down…. give it all you have. He’s right there with you 24/7.

Confession…. 

What’s the big idea??? Glad you asked… “I must examine and confess my faults to God, to myself, and to someone I trust.”

How does Guilt affect us? So many ways… damages our confidence, relationships, keeps me stuck in the past and can affect our health.

“When you swallow your guilt, your stomach keeps score.”  So true…. our bodies feel everything that we put it through. Stress, guilt, anxiety, etc. 

How do I get rid of my guilt?

Acknowledge my shortcomings. God knows… but do you?  

Accept responsibility for my faults.

Ask God for forgiveness. Will he forgive you, absolutely!

Admit my faults to another person. Scary! At first, yes, but how many people do you know that are PERFECT! None… just what I thought… Be accountable for what has happened and allow someone to give you the support you need… another human… another sinner… another person that has gone through what you have.

Accept God’s forgiveness. Will he forgive you, again, yes! He knows your heart… He knows you…. He loves you….❤

Have you ever made an inventory of your life? The Good, the Bad and the Ugly?    Try it… see what you write down. Pray about it. Find guidance through someone you trust in the church, spiritual leader. Someone you would have to hold you accountable for what has caused you guilt or is causing you…. 

Accept

1 John 1:8

sIf we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and tthe truth is not in us.

 

Ask

1 John 1:9

uIf we confess our sins, he is vfaithful and just to forgive us our sins and rto cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Father, I thank you for the messages that you offer to us. I thank you for the people that you subject in our lives and I ask that you open our hearts and our minds to your message. I ask for the Holy Spirit to guide us to you each and everyday and that we will come and pray to you in our time of need and when we’re ever so thankful for all that you do for us. I ask that whoever reads this message Father that you will guide them, lead them, touch their lives in a way that no human can. I ask for healing in this person’s life. I ask that whatever desire is in their heart, Father, that you will give them peace in all situations. Thank you Father for being so good to us and loving us and being our Daddy when we need you the most. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! In Christ name, Amen.

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Stronghold

Stronghold ~ a place dominated by a particular group or marked by a particular characteristic

Is there something in your life that seems to have a “stronghold” in place!?

Idolatry, media, food, drugs, alcohol, anything that will take up your world, an addiction, something that you seem to put in place of what God has ready for you and yet you keep going back to this over and over….. You haven’t been able to shake this STRONGHOLD…..

So many times you try to just say “I can handle this” to only feel like you have relapsed back into the person / situation you have LONGED to be away from.

Right now I’m learning to take myself into prayer, His word, and really keep myself from feeling like a failure into relapsing, so to speak, into my addictions, my attitude and my inability to keep my mouth from lapsing into a warfare of rage filled moments that are unnecessary.

God, help me!

That’s all He asks us to do, speak to Him, let Him know about our thoughts and feelings, not that He doesn’t know how we feel, what we need, what our greatest desires are and yet He wants us to intimately come to Him with this… He wants to hear our cries, our suffering, out needs, He wants us to come to Him!

Have you been here before? Have you felt like after everything why would THIS work?

I have been there and most days I’m still there and I’m a work in progress…

I know that God will tend to me and wants to tend to me. He cares for me. He loves me. He weeps for me to come and have a moment with him that is just and is right and has no intentions except to Thank Him!

Heavenly father, I thank you for this day, for everything you have done, you’re doing and you will do. God, I ask for your forgiveness in the days that I don’t have it al together and I relapse back into a person you don’t desire me to be. God I ask for your guidance and continued love and grace in my life. I rebuke the devil heavenly father. I rebuke him in YOUR name. I ask father that you guide me where I need to be not only for myself but for my family. Thank you Father. Thank you! IJN, Amen!

 

2 Corinthians 10:3-5, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”

 

We have EVERYTHING we need to get through all the moments in our lives that we feel are bringing us down…. He has us covered….

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Grace Based Parenting

Lake Pointe Message  <————– Feel free to watch here from 07/14/13.

This past Sunday I was blessed to be apart of a wonderful message by Dr. Tim Kimmel. What an experience it was to hear his views on parenting and what we can do to just make adjustments to our everyday chaos of parenting and allowing God to be apart of our lives and make it balance. Some things I didn’t think about and it was a nice way to see another view. He has some great products available that I will be able to order soon. I’m very excited.:)

TimKeller
Photo via Tim Keller

Great information provided:

1. Grace based families give the people they love the freedom to be DIFFERENT

2. Grace based families give the people they love the freedom to be VULNERABLE

3. Grace based families give the people they love the freedom to be CANDID

4. Grace based families give the people they love the freedom to MAKE MISTAKES

My post does NO justice to his great words and wonderful presentation.:)

 

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Can you overcome?

I just love this song so full of emotion and truth.

Noun 1. overcomer – someone who overcomes and establishes ascendancy and control by force or persuasion
controller, restrainer – a person who directs and restrains
 

“Hang on to his promises.” “You’re an overcomer.” ~ Mandisa

He will direct us and lead us to where we need to be a the perfect moment, even if we don’t understand and it doesn’t seem “perfect” at the time and place were in. His will for us is PERFECT!

Such wisdom when you need it the most. No matter the obstacles, trials and tribulations. He’ll be at your side through the good and bad. He will not leave you alone. He will see you through it.

The first time I heard this song I just couldn’t get how it was really talking to me at the moment. I have been frustrated, tired, and just not sure how I’m going to get through day to day. I know I have God to talk to each and every day, moment, etc that I need Him and know that he’ll be right there listening and really holding on to each word I say and even the ones I don’t say.

Do you feel hopeless?

I too have my days, but then I have to remember his truths that he has left for me….

Find rest, o my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. (Psalm 62:5)

But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. (Psalm 71:14)

Such great truth to know that He has open arms for us. He will hold us. He will hug us when we need it the most and He will speak truth to you. No matter the hard times, seek Him and let him show you the right way….

Breath….

Hang on to his promises…..

Such great words with so much meaning.

I speak Victory and receive it. I speak clarity and receive it. I speak blessings for my family and all those around me and we receive it.

Thank you Heavenly father for this day. Thank you for all you have done, you’re doing and you will do. Thank you for our needs being met. Thank you for your daily love and grace. Thank you for taking your life for us, sinners. Thank you for allowing us to seek your wisdom each and everyday and thank you that you will give us each moment at a time knowing our strength is through you Christ. God I cry out to you for all the nonbelievers or all those scared to seek you or feel they may be rejected. I ask that you touch their hearts and guide us all to you and your words. Knowing you speak only the truth. I pray for all pastors and those that provide services to others. IJN, Amen.

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Baptism

June 30, 2013 was the proudest day for my son that was baptized….

He accepted Christ 5/30/13 as we spoke with the Children’s pastor and he made a profession of his faith. What a wonderful day to be his mother and really get to experience everything from him asking me about being baptized, to explaining every detail to scheduling his baptism and having so much love around us on that special day. It was wonderful. :)   I can’t tell you what a blessing it was for me to experience this..

Thank you God for touching my son’s heart…

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I Will Not Be Moved

What a beautiful song to show that no matter what, trudge through and keep going. You’re not alone. God is with you each and every step of your life in the walk with Him.

This morning I was invited to attend a new church setting and it was beautiful service. The Pastor just was so moved and had such passion for life and his “job.” But is it really a job when a man loves the church and people he’s preaching to!?

This same man was the man I had not known was the Pastor in previous weeks and was sitting by and he said “Hey, I just love seeing kids and their love of Christ up on the stage. Just so wonderful to see.” Not only to make you feel comfortable as were visiting essentially but to make my husband, a man that has yet to come to Christ, a man that I love so whole heartedly, comfortable. Also, as we were leaving, this man I didn’t know was the Pastor also patted this man on the back and let him with, “I’m so glad you came today. Have a blessed evening.” My husband felt so comforted by this man.

Come today, I found out this man was the Pastor. He saw me and my Dad enter and he looked at me and said, “I’m so glad you could make it this morning.” What a nice feeling to feel so “important” and “accepted” in a moment of unsure and “did I make the right choice to come this morning?” rolling through your mind as you sit away from people you “know.”  If that makes any sense…

Change for me, isn’t easy, by any means and my lack of “wanting to go alone” anywhere was definitely relieved with my Dad being there with me. But I secretly was sad, I wanted my husband to come as well, I wanted him to just sit there with me. I wanted him to try something new with me, a church, a possible new home for me and my family.

I know he’s not “comfortable” in a place like this as he wasn’t brought up like this… I’m not comfortable really going alone anywhere and I have had to learn to just GO!!!! Just get up and GO!!! You never know the moment that something a person will say, a touch, a comment, a word will move you to the right direction, the place you need to be, the person you need to meet so that you’re life will move forward in the RIGHT direction, at the RIGHT time and the most perfect way only God can make this mountain move.

This morning, I’ll admit, I asked my husband if he was going to go with me to chuch, he said “no, I don’t feel like it this morning.” I was sad. I was angry. I told him, “I won’t ask you again, I will not make a point to keep asking someone to headstrong, so all about yourself to try something new with me and our family. I will continue to trudge forward and lead our children to the right place and let them make their decisions in life. I will not and cannot keep them from their life nor will I keep them from God and making new friends.”

Anger ~ It will make you say some words you really wish you hadn’t.

But I did mean them. I can’t keep thinking myself alone is going to make a difference in the life of my FAMILY. I can only hope and pray that one day, he’ll make a decision to come with me, and just try to go outside his box.

So today, I got home and had to pray before so because I was still hurt.

I told my hubby, “Hey, you remember that man that starting talking to you and made you feel comfortable and then pat your shoulder before you left and said something to you?” He said “Yah.” I said, “Did you know that was the Pastor?” He looked at me amazed and said, “Really? I had NO idea. Maybe that’s why he made me feel so comfortable, maybe he just knew I needed that.” I said “Yes, maybe, but I thought that was interesting to find out.”

Anyway…. I love my husband. I love my Heavenly father and I know eventually a way will be made…. My son gets baptized next weekend and I’m so excited he had asked Christ in his life. What a great way to spend a Sunday with my son, watching him grow in the faith and have made this decision on his own. PRECIOUS!

Sometimes the person that says “hello” and makes you feel comfortable and pats you on the back isn’t just a spectator, he/ she is actually working alongside God to help you find your way…. Never feel lost or alone, you’re not….

Thank you Heavenly father for this day and everyday. Thank you for your mercy on our lives weather were doing right or wrong. Forgive us of our sins. I pray that you continue to lead me so that I can lead my family Father. I pray that you will guide me where I need to be and help me Father, help me to change, be more accepting, loving, understanding and forgiving the moments I need it the most. Thank you for your precious love and blessing my life more than I deserve. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!

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