Thursday, June 27, 2013
Clarity Is Divine by Kelsi Marie Arceneaux
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Truth spoken! The author of this book shares her real life story, the positive and the not-so-positive. She does this for our benefit though because oftentimes we don't want to face the truth until it slaps us in the face. This book will slap your face! I definitely saw some of ME in her story and thankful for the positive words of encouragement to keep pressing on even when you slip and fall (read as DIVE HEAD FIRST, lol). I appreciate Kelsi's honesty and boldness to share the truth in spite of what others may say about her in order to help those that are having a hard time finding their way out of that deep abyss they dove head first into thinking it was going to be all FUN, but quickly realized there is no light at the end. Use this book as a light to help guide you out and towards the love of Christ.
I used the text-to-speech option for the majority of this book as I listened on my commute to and from work. I plan to RE-READ because there are some points and truths that are important enough to read over and over again.
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Saturday, March 9, 2013
Are You Washed In The Blood
Tonight as I was relaxing and meditating while watching Donnie McClurkin's "psalms, hymns & spiritual songs" on DVD this particular song stirred my Spirit.
Are your garments spotless?
We've strayed away from the fundamental basics of salvation, purity, and clean, Holy living. Today folks want to profess Christ as their Savior, but haven't allowed the Savior who shed his blood for YOU to make your garments spotless? We will never be perfect, but don't let that be an excuse to continue living a lifestyle that continues to make your garments dirty. Romans Chapter 6 verses 1-4 says:
"What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life."
Will you be ready when Jesus returns?
Sanctification is a process of being set apart for God's Holy use. It's dying to your old sinful habits so that God can use you to fulfill a Devine purpose in your life. You can't accomplish that Devine purpose if you are continuing to spend your time doing the same sinful acts, which take up your time and resources, that could be used for Him and fulfilling that Devine purpose He has for your life.
I don't judge people, but I can inspect the fruit you are producing. Hmmmm, are you cursing someone with that same tongue you should be blessing and speaking life with? Out of the mouth the heart speaks. (Matthew 15:18: But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.) If darkness is coming out of your mouth, you haven't allowed the light to come in FULLY! A heart full of light will reveal those dark areas that need to be cleaned. Romans Chapter 6 goes on to say:
"12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God."
In closing, consider the last verse of the song:
Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb;
There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean,
O be washed in the blood of the Lamb!
May God lead and guide you!