You have to be careful when you’re representing God. Too many “leaders” are following the ways of the world trying to spare people feelings! I could care less about sparing your feelings if it’s going to save your soul! God said what He said! 🤷🏾‍♀️ He can’t make us do anything we don’t want to do, but please believe there is a consequence for our actions. Just because we get comfortable in our mess, doesn’t mean it’s no longer messy, because we are in Christ. The Word of God says, in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” You’re saved immediately, but that transformation can take a while, unless God immediately takes that addiction, stronghold or whatever you’re dealing with away from you. I’ve heard testimonies where He has, but most times we’re a work in progress. If you are in Christ, and you are living to please Him, and not yourself, there’s no way you’re going to stay the same as when you were without God. You cannot have a real personal encounter with Jesus Christ and remain the same. His Spirit changes you. If His Spirit lives within you, then you will be changed for the better. You will no longer make excuses for why you choose to sin. You will hold yourself accountable and work on doing better. The world we live in would rather hear what sounds good or keeps them in their mess, than to hear the truth that will save their soul. Too many “Christians” are in their feelings instead of in the Word. You can’t straddle the fence. James 4:4 says, “You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.” Let me break this scripture down for those who don’t know. First of all, following the ways of the world (meaning what’s right in the mind of people and not God) but claiming to be a child of God, means that you’re cheating on God, therefore giving meaning the the “adulterous people “ in James 4:4. It’s talking about those of us who belong to Christ, but instead of following Christ, follow the ways of the world. Oftentimes we as believers follow the ways of the world in fear that if we don’t, the world will condemn us. Honey… I’d rather be hated by the world than to be condemned by God for knowing the truth and living a lie, or encouraging people to follow a lie. With that being said, there is no parts of the Word that I disagree with. Listen, with God, you’re either all in or all out. Sin is sin. No matter how much you try to paint over it with love, acceptance or whatever else you want to throw in there. Jesus loves us, but He didn’t die for us to stay in our sin. He died to set us free from it, and the final consequence of it. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be known by God as His child, than known by the world. We have to do better y’all. None of us are perfect but since when did that become an excuse to become comfortable in our mess, and deliberately go against the Word of God? If anything we should be like Paul and PRESS towards the mark! I’m sorry but you cannot live according to how you feel. A person’s feelings will lead them straight to hell. 🤷🏾‍♀️ Get our of your feelings so that God can deliver you out of your mess! 

Romans 6:1-7 New International Version (NIV)

Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ

6 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

Love gave us free will, to choose to love or hate. He gave us the choice to trust him and be obedient to his Word, or to trust our feelings and take matters into our own hands. Whatever path we choose, we can be sure that his love for us is unfailing. Jesus died for us when we were his enemies. He loved us even when we didn’t have it all together. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of a family like that?  He never gives up on us, and his mercy is new every day! Everyday we have a choice to trust the God who created us, or to trust what feels good at the moment. There is no gray area when it comes to being a child of God. Either you belong to him, or you don’t. We all know the consequences of sin, and the final result is death, but Jesus came to reverse the curse. As believers, when we leave this life, we will pass into life everlasting. This walk isn’t forced on us, we chose faith over fear. We choose to live by what we know in our heart, mind and soul, and not what the world tells us makes sense. As for me, I’ve tried him, and I know that God is faithful. I’ve taken matters into my own hands before, and have done things outside of Gid’s will, and I screwed up every time. Thank God for his grace! I finally understand what Paul means in 2 Corinthians 12:9, that his grace is sufficient! I choose to use my free will, to live for God, through Christ, simply because he’s God, and there is NO ONE, like him! His faithfulness doesn’t have anything to do with how many times I fall, and that’s what motivates me to get back up and keep pressing towards the mark, again like Paul! God’s always there for us as his children (that’s favor), and he’s promised he will always be, even until the end of the world! Now who wouldn’t serve a God like that?