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The Path to Destiny

TThere are many paths that we can take in this life, but the path the leads to destiny is often on the road less traveled. Check out my latest video blog post as I share the revelation I received while walking at the park. God Bless!

 

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The Why’s of Life

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Every now and then events happen in life that leave us dumbfounded. An unexpected loss of a loved one, a failed business venture or a situation that didn’t quite work out in our favor will leave us questioning God; but I’ve come to find that seemingly good things in foresight end up being not so great in hindsight, because if it were the best thing for you…why wouldn’t God want you to have it? In spite of how it may seem, God does not take pleasure in our pain. He does, however, take pleasure in our spiritual growth and maturity. And i
f we look closely at our lives some of our most pressing questions can be answered by 3 simple words of faith…trust in God.  

Heartache and Pain…Why?

Situations that happen in the lives of the people around us, although it may affect us, isn’t necessarily something that God is doing to us. The loss of a loved one can be devastating, and if you don’t perceive it correctly you can become bitter and blame God for taking away the one person you felt you needed in this life, but God doesn’t look at death the way we do. He knows that the only person we truly need is Jesus, and no matter who comes and goes he will forever remain. Jesus is the provision for our pain. As the scripture says, weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning…if you allow it. If you don’t settle into bitterness and blame God for taking someone through the natural process of life and death and into life everlasting, you will find joy again.

It didn’t work out in my favor…Why?

There was a time where I was trusting God to bring me out of a pressing place, and when he didn’t do it, I began to question the purpose of prayer. I knew that God’s will for my life was far greater than my plan and that no amount of begging and pleading was going to change that, but in the midst of it all…God changed me. The miracles that he performed in my life during that time left me speechless and in awe of who he really is. Now when it comes to hard times, I’d rather suffer a little while longer just to see the hand of God move in my life than to take the easy road and enjoy temporary happiness that could never be sustained without him; it takes going through a pressing place to bring forth that level of maturity.

“You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain…” –John 15:16

Why me…because you are chosen for the life you lead.

Why not me…because God has so much more in store.

Why this battle…because you are more than a conqueror.

Why not move this mountain…because then you will never know how high you can climb.

In the end, this life is temporary but God’s plan is eternal. It’s easy to throw yourself a pity party, hang out with your fears, and blame him for everything that is not going right in your life when the truth of the matter is, there are things in this life we won’t always understand. It’s one of the mysteries of God’s plan that will be revealed to us on that great day of glory, but while we are on this earth we have a purpose to fulfill, and God knows just what it takes to get us from one level to the next. Sometimes it takes a push and other times it takes a pull, but it’s all meant to get us to arrive on time at our divine destination.

So the next time you are tempted to settle into your sorrows and complain, try turning your y’s into u’s and watch God transform your life in unimaginable ways. Thank U Jesus for your never-ending love, thank U for your saving grace, and thank U for bringing me to it so that you can show yourself more than capable of seeing me through it!

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The Process of Becoming: A Conversation with my Former-Self

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Recently I watched a Bishop TD Jakes sermon entitled I Got There Anyway where he spoke of the hard times he endured in the process of becoming the person God created him to be. Towards the end of the message, he described a visit that he took to the house he lived in when he first started out. As he stood in the driveway, on the other side of destiny, he reminisced on the day he was so down and discouraged that he questioned God. He thought of all the tears he cried, and offered his former-self encouraging words of wisdom.

His powerful testimony led me to reflect back on my own life and all those days where I felt stuck in moments of despair. Knowing now what I didn’t know then, these are the words I would share:

Buckle your seat belt Sabrena, it’s going to be a bumpy ride. There will be times where you feel lost, inadequate and completely alone. You will have to fight to protect the dream in your heart even when it seems unattainable, but hang in there because one day…there will be a transformation – an intimate time with the Lord where he begins to transform your mind and reveal to you all that lies within. You will then emerge a butterfly; still unsure of the road ahead, but a lot more confident because you will know, without a shadow of doubt, that you have been chosen by God and destined for greatness.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. – Proverb 3:5

The road to God’s divine purpose is often filled with moments of despair. It takes a special kind of strength to walk by faith when there seems to be no end in sight…but oh what an ending it will be! If you just trust God, keep the faith, and stay connected to Jesus…you will make it through to the other side.

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Christians who Commit Suicide- Are they Still Saved by Grace?

crosscardThere are many contrary opinions when it comes to the question as to whether Christians who make the choice to end their lives will make it into God’s kingdom. Many quote the 6th Commandment, Thou Shall Not Kill, or 1 Corinthians 3:16, if anyone destroys the temple of God he will be destroyed but these scriptures, taken in context, don’t necessarily speak of the act of killing oneself. So then, without a definite point of reference we are left to look attentively into the word of God to see his perfect will as it relates to suicide.

A Matter of the Heart: Man looks on the outward appearance but God sees the heart.

God knows every thought before we even think it and there is a difference between contemplating suicide, and making a decision in the spur of the moment to give your life for your fellow man. In my opinion, people who commit suicide as an act of heroism … such as Samson ( Judges 16:28-30) are not judged the same as those who commit suicide as a way of escape from their troubles, or in the case of the unbeliever who makes the choice to end their lives of misery just to spend eternity in a fate far worse than death.

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”- Matthew 11:29

To commit suicide is the ultimate show of a lack of faith in the power of God.  I write this not from a condemning or judgmental standpoint, but from the actual standpoint of someone who is a Christian, and who also reached a point in life where I felt there was no reason to go on. Yes, at the age of 22 I found myself living alone in a one bedroom apartment with 3 babies – an 18 month-old and 4-month-old twins – and was so down and depressed that I made the decision to end my life. In that moment I felt completely alone, and the voice of the enemy echoed in my ear that even at such a young age I had completely ruined my life beyond repair – but in my darkest hour, Jesus kept me. I call him my Savior not out of religious duty, but because when I was at the point of death he showed up and filled my heart with a desire to live on.

That was a major turning point in my life. I began to realize that people, situations and hard times will come and go; that nothing is worth taking your life over, and that it’s in the darkness of the night that the light of Jesus shines bright. But it takes having faith in God, faith in his word and knowledge of who he really is to be able to stand when is seems all hope is lost.

When you commit suicide you are not only killing yourself, but the purpose God created you to serve.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

I’ve come to find that most people with higher callings on their lives are faced with thoughts of suicide early on because the devil knows that we all have to go through a trying process in order for God’s purpose to be revealed in us. He also know that this process is not easy, and if he can get us to be so discouraged by our circumstances that we take our focus off of God, than he can get us to abort the process. Notice I said get us to abort the process, because Satan doesn’t have the power to stop the work of God in our lives. He is defeated and will forever remain. The challenge is to not allow he who is already defeated to continuously defeat you.

As Christians, we are called to trade in our will for his, but the act of suicide shows that you have traded in his will for yours.

“Then Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” – Matthew 16:24

To answer the question posed in the title of this post, are Christians still saved by grace when they commit suicide? Let me just plainly state that I don’t know. If a man dies in his sin and is unrepentant does he still make it into heaven? Can anyone without faith please God? Or can you truly say that Jesus is Lord if you don’t trust him to be Lord over your problems, your fears and all of life’s circumstances?

I’m not sure, but I have contended in my heart that no matter what life brings, good or bad, I’m going to run on and see what the end is going to be. I want to finish this race, reach my goal and hear my Lord and Savior say…well done.

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Don’t Settle in Your Fears

So many times in life we settle for things, people and situations that don’t feed us or help us grow, when God has so much more in store. And why do we do this, because of one word…fear.  View a snippet of my latest inspirational video entitled, Don’t Settle in Your Fears, and be inspired!

 

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The next topic will touch on the very serious issue of Christians who commit suicide. I look forward to sharing what God has placed on my heart, and hearing your thoughts as well. Thanks for stopping by and be blessed.

 

 

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