“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.” Alexander Hamilton
As a christian I ask myself, “Jante…what are you willing to stand for?”
As a wife I ask myself, “What are you willing to stand for?”
As a mother I ask myself, “What are you willing to stand for?”
As a woman I ask myself, “What are willing to stand for?”
In looking within myself, I realize that I have been doing a lot of conforming, actually to much conforming. I have been easily moved and not steadfast in my beliefs, in myself, in my dreams and in my destiny. And why you may ask and my answer would be that of disobedience, fear, shame, loneliness and rejection. I have put way to much stock in what is thought of me, rather than what convicts me, what pushes my buttons, what hurts me, what moves me, what makes me smile and what evokes passion within me.
I am Christian! But I am also a Christian who is somewhat fed up with the religiousness behind it. Please let me put something out there, I am not at all saying that I am willing to go against God, because I Love him far too much and I have very strong convictions, but I am so fed up with the hypocrisy of it and that also goes for myself as well. I admit that in areas of my life and my walk, I conform to hypocrisy. I give into temptation and I waver in my faith.
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? Luke 6:41
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7a
In my heart there are areas that I have surrendered over to God and they remain in him, but there are other areas that I continue to try and control on my own. For instance, I believe that God has fully delivered me from gluteny(over indulgence), but because I have maintained in my mind that food helps me to cope, time and time again, I without speaking tell God with my actions, that what he has done on the cross is not good enough and my urge, crutch, addiction, excuse is more valid than he.
Father Please Forgive Me! Not My Will But Thy Will Be Done!Whether you accept it or not the same holds true for many of you. Your issue may not be that of gluteny, but evaluate yourself. What do you know that God has delivered you from yet time and time again you find yourself back in the same situation? And even deeper what issues, actions, attitudes and sins do you hold onto, yet you choose to judge another because their issues, actions, attitudes and sins seem to out weigh yours.
For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. James 2:10
I often hear Christians and that includes myself judge those who are battling drug addiction, fornication, killings and alcoholism more harshly than those who lie, back bite, steal and so on. But why? Each us will one day face judgement and no matter what your issue, action, attitude and sin, we all must remember that each of us remain in need of constant forgiveness and therefore have no right to judge another.
For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. Matthew 7:2
I am in no way justifying the behaviors of those who willfully and continuously operate in sin, but I am saying that we all have work to do and therefore non of us have fully arrived, which means that we have NO right to be judging others.
So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin cast a stone at her. John 8:7
Daily we must commit to doing better, standing firm in our convictions and stop wavering so easily and out of convenience.
I’m evaluating myself and ask that you evaluate yourself as well. I desire that each of us fully have the opportunity to walk in our purpose and destiny, but walking into our destiny will be hard if we refuse to STAND.I am not saying that my truth has to be your truth and I have no desire to force my truth on you, but whatever your truth is when will you fully accept, embrace and become obedient to it?Like I mentioned before I have many convictions, but have been willing to sit those convictions down when the situation called for it. I believe that stealing is wrong, but have stolen. I don’t condone abortions, yet I myself aborted a child. I try to walk in truth but have lied my way out of situations. So I ask myself: “Jante….. what are you willing to stand up for and when will you plant your feet firmly and stand for it?”And my answer is… I am willing to stand for my truth, your truth, a wife’s truth, a mothers truth, a human beings truth, a christian’s truth, for all truth and NOW!
I am a firm believer that nothing is for no reason at all. I believe that the alcoholic, the drug addict, the prostitute, the doctor, the pastor, the teenage mother, the thief, the prisoner, the murderer and so on… all have stories and each of us have our truth’s.
I am so open about my truth because I believe that a portion of my purpose is the exposition thereof, to not be ashamed of the truth, to speak the truth in love and to help those who are bound by the fear of releasing, to find the courage, strength and peace to become freed by it.I may be misunderstood and not everyone can now or will ever be able to accept me or my truth but that’s OK…. because for truth and obedience’s sake, I AM GOING TO STAND!
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast and unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58