Let’s Start a Love Riot

In the midst of all of the people who have spoken about the race riots in America, Benjamin Watson is the only one who has made total sense.

Last night, as I was watching The Kelly File with my family, we were appalled at the mass destruction going on in Charlotte, NC due to the race riots that have been going on for the majority of the week.  We saw videos of rioters setting things on fire, writing expletives on police cars, and fighting one another.  I was beginning to think that society couldn’t get any worse than the tensions currently going on in our country, but then Watson appeared on the screen, offering a message of hope to Americans:

“Obama can’t save us.  Mrs. Clinton can’t save us.  Mr. Trump can’t save us.  The only one who can change the heart of man is the Lord.”
-Benjamin Watson

The issue in America right now isn’t solely a police brutality issue, a race issue, or any other controversial issue that one can fathom up. The paramount issue in America, the issue that will always set the undertone for all of the other problems America is going through, is that we need to rely on God and not on America.

Let’s put faith in God, not the government.

Whenever there’s an issue within America, to whom do we turn?  Well, the list could go on for miles:  news stations, local government, state government, court systems, federal government, the U.S. Supreme Court, etc.  And what do we get when we turn to America’s many systems of “aid”?  Short-term, band-aid fixes that will eventually cave in on themselves.  Because wrongs are not truly redeemed but are stamped with “guilty or not guilty” or “lawful or unlawful”, lessons are not learned.  Inevitably, history will repeat itself, just as we are currently witnessing with the police versus Black Lives Matter riots across the nation.  The only way to redeem our wrongs as a nation, to forgive one another for past transgressions, and to bring a sense of peace to America is to seek guidance from one source:  God.

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”
-1 Timothy 2:1-4

Let’s seek Jesus as our method for peace, not protests.

Just as Americans turn to the American government and media in their times of need, they turn to riots and protests when they are let down.  Earlier, I mentioned that if we as Americans, (or any nation to be honest), seek guidance from earthly means, we will inevitably be disappointed with the outcome.  Likewise, if we turn to riots and protests in order to “bring peace” to our nation, we will again fail miserably.  Posting pictures supporting the police doesn’t bring peace to our nation.  Protesting in the streets and destroying everything in our paths won’t bring peace, either.  Just as there is only one source for guidance, there is only one source for peace, and that is through Jesus Christ.

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
-John 16:33

This world is a vessel filled with evil, and people who believe that we’re doomed to be stuck in this wasteland.  The truth is that we don’t have to be confined to the horrid nature of this world, for in accepting Jesus Christ as our source of peace, as the Savior of our nation, we will have a life of joy in Heaven to look forward to after our time in this world ends.  So, will you join me in putting our differences aside, and loving one another as our brothers and sisters in Christ instead of siding with a certain team, as if humanity were a sports rivalry?

Let’s start a LOVE RIOT!  Let’s LOVE one another as Christ LOVES us!

“Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.”
-Isaiah 60:18

Goodnight and God bless!

-Allyson 😀

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Give God a Chance

For God so loved the world…

If you’ve grown up in a Christian family or have accepted Christ as your Savior, I’m sure you know how this verse ends.  I know my past posts have been directed more towards encouraging Christians to actively seek God and live to reflect His love to others, but this week I want to reach out to the non-believing community:  atheists, agnostics, those who practice other religions, and those who are just curious.  Don’t fret, I’m not going to debate why Christianity is the superior religion, because I know that talking down your beliefs does not enhance my own.  And, if I’m being completely honest, Christianity isn’t a religion;  Christianity is a one-on-one relationship with God, made possible through intercessions made by Jesus Christ.

For God so loved the world, He’s had all of us in mind from the beginning.

“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”
-Jeremiah 1:5

Long before you were ever conceived, God had you in mind.  God created the world, and He has specifically designed the timeline of earthly events, as well as the people who participated in them.  God knew each of our names well before our parents named us, and knows each of our destinies, because He has already created plans for our lives.

Now, you may be thinking, “if God is so all-knowing and has already made a plan for my life, then why hasn’t He stopped me from denying Him so far?”

For God so loved the world, He gave us the gift of Free Will.

“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.”
-Proverbs 16:9

Free will, in my opinion, can best be explained like a Sims game.  When you play the Sims, you are essentially the creator who designs different people and instructs them to do different tasks throughout the game.  Despite this, sometimes the Sims engage in behavior that you did not tell them to do, such as go online and chat with other Sims when they’re bored, play fetch with the dog, etc.  Likewise, God allows us to have the same freedom to choose what we want to do with our lives.  So, if you are living in a way that doesn’t have anything to do with Christianity or following God’s commandments, then it’s just because you made that decision.  If God wants to intervene in your life and redirect you to the path of righteousness, He will.  Saul persecuted Christians before God physically knocked him off his horse and directed him to righteousness (Acts 9).  The thing is, God doesn’t make you choose to follow Him while on earth; that decision is entirely up to you.

 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
-John 3:16

Everyone born on this earth is a dirty, rotten sinner.  Everyone, whether Christian, atheist,  or what have you, has lived outside of the commandments of God at some point in their life.  The difference between Christianity and the many religions of the world is one simple thing:  accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior.  God sent Jesus Christ to be born on this earth many years ago so that we could be redeemed from our sins if we choose to be.  God gives us a choice to believe or not believe, with the belief being that Jesus died on the cross at Calvary as the most unselfish sacrifice in history to cleanse all of humanity from everyone’s individual sins if they so choose to let Him.  Jesus was sent by God to bear the burdens of sin for everyone who is willing to accept that gift.  By the way, that gift is free, and entails this promise:

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
-Isaiah 41:10

God doesn’t offer you His gift of salvation to punish you.  God only wants to help you if you’ll help yourself by accepting Jesus as your Savior.  You have nothing to lose in the matter, except for selfish pride.  To belong to God, you must be willing to admit that you can’t navigate life solely on your own merits, that you need a higher being to guide you and to take away your afflictions.

For Jesus so loved you, that He took the punishment, even if you were the only one that would benefit.

Goodnight, and God bless!

-Allyson 😀

Author’s Note:

If you feel led to accept Christ as your Savior, feel free to comment, and I will be happy to talk to you about your decision.  If you still do not feel led to accept Christ, then I respect your decision.  I would like to point out that I will be deleting any comments that are intended to start a debate about religion, or those that are demeaning Christianity.  I did not demean anyone’s beliefs in this post, so I expect commenters to respect my beliefs as well.

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Wait For It…

For the longest time, I had a Lydia Bennet mentality.

For those of you who love Pride and Prejudice as much as I do, you can imagine just how horrid that period of my life was.  And, for those of you who have no idea what that means… I was boy crazy.  Not just boy crazy… idiotically boy crazy to the point where I felt privileged if a guy wanted to text me because at least I was attractive to someone, even if I didn’t even really like him myself.

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P.S. This meme is my favorite thing on the Internet. XD

Needless to say, it was a very dumb part of my past that I’m glad to say is over.  However, it didn’t end because I found a boyfriend, but because I rediscovered God.  Today, I’m going to be straightforward with you about why it’s important to wait until God provides you with a Christ-centered relationship.

The Road of Rejection

Girls, I’m just going to go ahead and throw some advice out there:

1) If a prospective guy texts you nonstop but never makes an effort to make plans with you, then he’s not worth pursuing.

2)  If a prospective guy stops talking to you out of the blue, do not, under any circumstances, fall for his charms again.

3) If you like a guy, and he won’t acknowledge your existence, let it be.  For the love of love, just let it be.

Over the course of the past few years, I have found through numerous instances that these truths are indeed self-evident, yet difficult to adhere to.  Sometimes the guy that’s texting you seems really interesting, and you get addicted to talking to him everyday.  Sometimes after he has stopped talking to you for a while, you’ll feel relieved when you see his name pop up on your phone again.  And sometimes, you’ll notice some guy that you swear up and down is your dream guy, that you’re meant to be and all that hoo-ha… and he’ll ignore you as if his life depends on it.

Long story short, rejection isn’t fun at all.  Trust me when I say that if you have been or are currently going through any of the scenarios above, that God didn’t let you go through that because He feels you’re not worthy of earthly love.  Instead, God lets you be rejected by guys who are unworthy of a romantic relationship with you in order for you to recognize the love you truly need:  a relationship with your Heavenly Father.

Seek Him, Not Them

“The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh Him.”
-Lamentations 3:25

When you’re going through the single season, you may feel insecure due to failed attempts at love, or a lack of acceptance from guys who you have been interested in.  Your first instinct may be to solve this problem on your own by trying to become acquainted with different guys in order to find a boyfriend, but please know that your attempts will be futile if you go about it with the wrong intentions.  If you claim to be a daughter of God, seek to engage in your relationship with Him first and foremost, and then He’ll lead you to the man He knows is right for you.  The main problem girls in the single season face, (including myself when I was there just a few months ago), is that we become obsessed with the idea that we have to have a boyfriend to feel validated.  Therefore, we often let this obsession overshadow our love for God, and begin to become attracted to guys who are outside of His Will for us.

Be Equally Yoked

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” -2 Corinthians 6:14

In a match-made-in-Heaven relationship, the couple will be equally yoked with one another.  Being equally yoked means that they will share a love for God and His commandments, and that they will be able to encourage each other to follow Christ.  On the other hand, if a couple is unequally yoked, they will disagree about their spiritual beliefs, which will inevitably cause conflict in the long run.  I can say from experience that if you are truly dedicated to following Christ, that God will save you from falling for a guy who will cause you to be led astray.  Remember, God wants what’s best for you,  and having a long-term romantic relationship with someone who doesn’t acknowledge or believe in Him and His commandments is definitely not where He intends to place you.

God Hears You

.”The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.” -Psalm 34:18

Single Christian women, God knows about the heartache you’ve suffered.  God hears your prayers where you plead for a godly man to begin a relationship with.  Likewise, He also knows who, when, where and how in which that relationship will begin.  And trust me, when you finally find yourself meeting a godly man, you’ll be thanking God that He made you wait for him.  A godly man will build you up and encourage you to lean on Christ, not ignore you and leave you crying by yourself.  A godly man will show you Bible verses and pray for you, not ditch church on Sundays and belittle you.  It may not seem possible now, but if it’s in His will, God’s got a godly man specifically designed for you if you’ll simply let love take it’s course and wait on the Master with the plan.

Goodnight and God bless!

-Allyson 😀

 

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We Blame Society, But We Are Society

Whatever happened to “In God We Trust”?

This phrase was adopted by The United States in 1864 when it first appeared on American currency, and it only took us roughly 150 years to run that once meaningful motto into the ground.  I’ve only been on this earth for a little over two decades, and have witnessed our country, as well as society, continue to falter with each passing year.  Americans claim that they can’t stand to watch the news because the media lies and “they only show negative things”, yet they fail to realize that our media is a product of what we allow in our society.  Everyone seems to wonder why America seems to be caving in on itself within the last few years, but are blind as a bat to the answer:

“In God We Trust” has been left in the dust.

“For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.”
-2 Peter 2:20-22

We’ve turned from God’s commandments of us, and like a dog, we’ve returned to our own vomit.

How exactly did America sweep God under the rug?  Well, I’ll tell you a little secret… Christians of the United States, we’re the ones to blame.  Now, before you all get high and mighty on me saying things like, “I vote Republican!  I vote against the legalization of certain sins!” or, “I go to church every Sunday!” or whatever else, know this:  just because you participate in typical Christian-like activities does not mean you present yourself as a Christlike person to the world.  Yes, there is a difference.

I don’t know about yours, but my hometown has a lot of church pew/bar stool people, meaning that they live on a fence between following Christ and following the world.  Not to say that I, or others, don’t sin.  We all get wrapped up in sin from time to time.  The difference that I’m referring to here is discovered through daily choices.  For example, two churchgoers who claim to be born-again Christians are provided with an invitation to a party that will have a plentiful supply of drugs and alcohol.  The church pew/bar stool person would willingly accept the invitation, go to the party, and then show up at church a couple of days later feeling no remorse.  On the other hand, the Christian who is honestly trying to live in order to please God will not partake in those activities, period.  Likewise, a worldly churchgoer would vote for legislation that will make them popular from a societal standpoint rather than for a law that honors God’s commandments.  Therefore, the blame for society turning away from God falls on the church pew/bar stoolers, the ones who can’t paint a clear picture for others of what Christianity really is because they don’t know it themselves.

“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.

Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”
-1 John 3:4-9

The only way to bring a God-centered focus back to our society is to first acknowledge our problem of pretending to know God while still reveling in sin, and then doing something about it.  Right now, I’m calling for Christians to reflect on their daily choices, and to close off the paths that have caused them to go astray.

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
-2 Chronicles 7:14

Fellow churchgoers, we can’t expect society to change from its wicked ways if we are not willing to begin that change within the church!  Fellow Christians, we can’t expect evil to repel from the world if we keep allowing it within ourselves!  Fellow Americans, if we want our country to be great again, we must seek God again!

Goodnight, and God bless!

-Allyson 😀

 

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