Encouragement

Aside

Today I just want to encourage each one of you with a passage from Numbers 6:24-26:

“May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.”

With this passage I want to pray the same things for you! God bless you today in all you do, and may you have the strength to pick up the cross today.

Thank you for reading todays post. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just need someone to talk to, I am willing to listen. Email me at jasondumitru@gmail.com or call me or text me at 847 322 0518. Again, thanks and God bless!

Day 102

Pure Hearts

Today I feel the need to tackle an important matter in the Christian community. Many people will say that secular (non-Christian) music is a sin to listen to. Many people say that even certain Christian music is a sin to listen to. For example Christian Rock or Christian Hip-Hop. Here is the truth that I see. In Titus 1:15 it says:

“Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are defiled.”

With this passage in mind, think about what it says. Everything and nothing, those are two very strong words, and Paul uses them. He says everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure, not “some things” or “a few things”, but everything. He says nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, not “some things” not “a few things”, but nothing. This means we can apply this passage to the music we listen to.

Is your heart pure or is it defiled? That is a question you must answer before you start making statements about certain things like music. If my heart is pure and I am listening to some music just because, what’s the problem with that? I can see if your heart isn’t where God wants it to be, if your heart isn’t pure, you can easily be tempted and who knows what else can come out of it.

However, just because you may not want to listen to a certain kind of music because you may believe it’s a sin for you, than don’t do it. But DO NOT try to convince your brother to stop what he is doing because you don’t do it, because although it can be a sin for you, it doesn’t mean that it’s a sin for him. For those who don’t know, a sin is action out of character, when you don’t act in the character that you are supposed to be in. 

Many don’t understand this idea and fail each other with words and actions because of incorrect ideas built into their heads by society. I love listening to Christian “rock” as some may call it. I call it worship music because that is what I am doing whenever I listen to it. Also sometimes I am just driving and want to listen to some secular music like OneRepublic. If I listen to it, I know for a fact I am not sinning because I know where my heart is, I know the message the music is bringing forth, and I know there is no negative side-effect. However if we were to talk about Drake, Lil-Wayne, certain genres where all they talk about is drugs, women, sex, lying, killing, stealing, and other sins that are not to be committed, that is a different story. That’s when music becomes a sin, because you are listening to absolute garbage and rubbish.

Let’s pray that we may have our hearts transformed into a pure heavenly thing. That we may not be so quick to judge certain actions and things in society, but that we can pray about it and see what the Lord shows us about them anyways.

Praise the Lord today! Glorify Him in all you do. Pick up your cross and serve Him with your words, actions, thoughts, and everything in between and afar.

Thank you for reading todays post. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just need someone to talk to, I am willing to listen. Email me at jasondumitru@gmail.com or call me or text me at 847 322 0518. Again, thanks and God bless!

Day 101

P.S. Shout out to my little brother. Happy Birthday Mikey!

The Way God Works

I often like to ponder upon the ways in which God has worked. I’m glad that God is mysterious because it gives us more of a reason to want to get to know Him better. I read from two verses in Ecclesiastes 7:13-14 in which both talk about God’s working.

“13Consider the work of God: who can make straight what he has made crooked? 14In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God  has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.”

With theses verses in mind, just think about what it’s saying to you. “consider the work of God, who can straighten the crookedness (not referring to bad) He makes, or make crooked the straightness He makes? When times are good, praise Him and glorify Him. When times are bad, still be reverent and know that God allowed this, and that both good times and hard times come from God.

When you do this, you will realize that nothing in life is certain and that only God is certain. Put your trust in Him and nothing else. He gives you joy and allows your sorrow. He fills the hole in your heart and renews your mind. Praise Him, glorify Him, and be faithful to Him, for He is faithful and loving towards you. AMEN!

Praise God! Be a follower, believer, and soldier today. Live out your faith in all aspects. From the breakfast table at home, to the classrooms at school, to the sports activities, to the work places you are in, pick up your cross and show others Christ. Be blessed loved one! 🙂 ❤

Thank you for reading todays post. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just need someone to talk to, I am willing to listen. Email me at jasondumitru@gmail.com or call me or text me at 847 322 0518. Again, thanks and God bless!

Day 100!

God’s Will

Today, I felt the need to share something we all wonder, something we all struggle with, and something we all need to know. Many times we find ourselves at a point in life where we just have no idea what to do. We say that we want to serve the Lord and do what He is calling us to do, but we don’t know what it is that He is calling us to. Today I want to give you a new perspective. In Exodus 33:13, Moses is speaking to the Lord on Mount Sinai about what he should do in regards to the Israelites who have turned away from God at the time. Moses says:

“Show me your intentions so I will understand you more fully and do exactly what you want me to do”

With this verse before us, let’s examine it, what Moses says and what we say. In this verse, Moses tells God to show him what He wants him to do, but not only so that he can do it, but to understand God more fully. This means that Moses wanted to get closer to God through this experience, which is what we often don’t think of. We ask God to show us His plan so we can do it, but why do we want to do it. Most of the time it isn’t to understand  God more fully, we ask it so that He can give us something to do and we just want that satisfying idea of “oh God thank you for showing me what to do”, when in reality the whole point of serving Him is to bring Him glory and get closer. 

Also, in the second part of this statement Moses says “and do exactly what you want me to do”. Many times we ask God to show us His plan and what He wants for us to do so we can kind of pick and choose which plan we want to pick up. We think that we can just say “Oh hey God, I think I’ll take plan 8 because I dont like plans 1-7. It doesn’t work that way. If He is the one that gives us our life and everything in it, you better believe that He is the one giving us our plan, and not the one we want, but the one He wants. Too many times we also try to ask God to lead us and when He does, we want to do it our way and try to modify His requests for us. 

Let’s take after Moses and ask God from now on to help us to see His plan for us, and not only follow it exactly as He wants us to, but to truly get closer to Him as we go through with His will for our lives!

God bless you today. Know you’re loved and be a strong Christian with Christ’s character!

Thank you for reading todays post. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just need someone to talk to, I am willing to listen. Email me at jasondumitru@gmail.com or call me or text me at 847 322 0518. Again, thanks and God bless!

Day 99

To Do List:

Today I feel inspired to post a passage for those who are struggling to be optimistic, faithful, and encouraged.

“7But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me. 8Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.”
 
With this in mind, I want to encourage you to look to God as Micah says in this passage. Look to God for salvation and hope because God will hear you. Just look to God for help instead of crying out blankly and screaming and complaining because that isn’t doing anything for you. If you seek to speak to God and if you talk to Him, He will listen. After all is He not your father? Is He not the one who created you? I’m sure that if He sent His own son to die for you, that He’ll have time to listen to you and communicate with you. But don’t get me wrong here. This needs to be a continuous seeking and a continuous fight to get closer to Him.
 
Then he goes on and says “When I fall, I shall rise.” This part right here is very important to us in our daily lives as Christians and doers of the Word because we fall always. We are humans and we will never be perfect and we will  never be able to do everything correctly. We will have short-comings and fall short, but that’s why this passage is so important to us. When we fall, we need to  get right back up!
 
Many times when we face something difficult, we think that we are alone and no one knows what we are feeling and that there’s no hope, no beam or ray of hope ahead of us. Thats why in verse 8, right after Micah says that he will rise after he falls, he says that though he sits in darkness, the Lord himself will be his light. How powerful is that? That’s such a beautiful image i see when I think of the Lord sitting and being the light in my surrounding darkness. Think of Daniel in the lions den, Joseph as a slave, ShadrachMeshach, and Abednego in the furnace. These men in reality had no hope with the circumstances they were dealt, but because they knew and believed and had hope themselves in God, they prevailed and God was their hope and their light in the darkness.
 
Let’s pray to do all three of these things!
  1. Let’s look to the Lord for help, confidently!
  2. Rise when we fall
  3. Know the Lord’s light is among us while we sit in darkness!

God help you today in seeking Him and getting closer! God bless you and be strong! Pick up your crosses soldiers, Christ is coming!

Thank you for reading todays post. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just need someone to talk to, I am willing to listen. Email me at jasondumitru@gmail.com or call me or text me at 847 322 0518. Again, thanks and God bless!

Day 98

Coming Back

Today I felt the need to post a passage for people who may have strayed away. People think that straying away from the Lord means falling back into addictions and old sinful habits, when in reality we all stray away from the Lord with each day we don’t pray and spend time with Him and His word.

in Lamentations 5:21 it says: 

“Restore us, O Lord, and bring us back to you again! Give us back the joys we once had.”

 

With this passage in mind, I really want us to pray and ask God to draw us nearer to Him as He draws nearer to us. Let’s pray that we may not stray away and forget His goodness for us each day. Pray that you may have the joy that He offers and pray that you may be restored in Him.

God bless you today! Be strong and don’t worry about coming back to Him. Pick up your cross and stay faithful!

Thank you for reading todays post. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just need someone to talk to, I am willing to listen. Email me at jasondumitru@gmail.com or call me or text me at 847 322 0518. Again, thanks and God bless!

Day 97

Nothing New Under The Sun

Today I want to share something with you guys that’s really important to us as Christians. I have realized that as Christians we need to  seek the advice of elders and look to talk and communicate with other older and wiser Christian brothers and sisters. As I read Ecclesiastes 1:9
 
“9 History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.10 Sometimes people say, “Here is something new!” But actually it is old; nothing is ever truly new.”
 
With this passage in mind, I immediately thought about all the times that I refused to go talk to someone because I feared them thinking I am crazy and that only I must be going through this circumstance and situation, when in fact, that was the devil convincing me to not do the thing I should have most! Seek advice, seek help, and seek an answer with others. This passage showed me that there isn’t anything new under the sun, regardless of which generation you’re in, we all go through the same trials and tribulations. We all experience the same temptations. We experience the same things, in different instances. So to think that you are the only one that is struggling with self image, stress, absence of love, hatred, jealousy, pornography and lust, gossip and trash talk, etc, to think that you are the only one is plain foolishness. Seek to talk to brothers and sisters in Christ so that we can build each other up and help each other stay on track of what we are supposed to do!
 
Let’s try to be more open with our fellow brothers and sisters and seek advice and talk to people about the things we struggle with because we ARE NOT putting a burden on them as I have heard before, rather we are opening up our hearts and minds to changing. Let’s not be arrogent and think that only we are experiencing something when in fact the Bible makes it clear that there isn’t anything new under the sun. As the saying goes, history repeats itself. That saying didn’t even come from the Bible and it exists, so I can only say the Bible strengthens that statement.
God bless you today and pick up your cross!

Thank you for reading todays post. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just need someone to talk to, I am willing to listen. Email me at jasondumitru@gmail.com or call me or text me at 847 322 0518. Again, thanks and God bless!

Day 96

God’s Greatness

In general, I have this connection with nature that I cannot really explain. Every time I look up and see the clouds, how every single one is different than the last, and that not one is exactly identical. Then I look at animals and plants and the same goes for them as well. The reason why nothing in nature is EXACTLY identical, is because we have a God who is a creator, not duplicator. He creates things. He is mighty, huge, and wonderful.
 
What got me this morning, was in the book of Job. Recently I know there have been a few people that have been struggling with seeing the bigger picture and that God is really so large, that nothing is too big or too small for Him to take care of. I just want to share this passage with you and I hope that it speaks to you as it has spoken to me. 
Job 12:7-10:
 
7 “Just ask the animals, and they will teach you. Ask the birds of the sky, and they will tell you. 8 Speak to the earth, and it will instruct you. Let the fish in the sea speak to you. 9 For they all know that my disaster has come from the hand of the Lord. 10 For the life of every living thing is in his hand, and the breath of every human being.
 
This passage is so beautiful because we see God’s glory in the simpleness of nature. Not only that, but we see in verse 10, the reaffirmation that God is in control and that He holds all life in His hands. Personally this passage shows me how small I am compared to God and I hope it does the same for you.
 
Let’s pray that we can have more faith in the Lord and his plan. Let’s pray that we can continue to humble ourselves before Him because only He holds all life in his hands and He controls all. as verse 15 in Job says:

15If he holds back the rain, the earth becomes a desert.
If he releases the waters, they flood the earth.
Ironically enough there are crazy storms in America and the midwest right now and I thought this might be a little humorous. But God holds all and we need to be aware of that. God help us to do this.
 
Also today in particular, let’s pray for those families that are suffering from the affects of the storm, that they may be able to get through it without any severe damages and sufferings. Praise God.
 
I hope you have a good day loved one. Praise Him with all you have and remember to stay prayerful and reading the scriptures! God bless you!

Thank you for reading todays post. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just need someone to talk to, I am willing to listen. Email me at jasondumitru@gmail.com or call me or text me at 847 322 0518. Again, thanks and God bless!

Day 95

His Fruit In Us

I’ve been getting refreshed with many passages recently. Today I feel the need to share Galations 5:22.

“But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law.”

 

With this passage in mind, I want us all to think about what it looks like within each of our lives to live a fruitful life. Let’s think about the ways in which we need to draw nearer to the Lord and his Word. We need to really see these fruits evident in our lives, because if we don’t, we are only fooling ourselves. If we are Christians, we must ask ourselves this, “How is my life any different than that of a non-Christian?” If your answer is “not very” or “not at all”, then I encourage you to pray to God with faith and ask Him what needs to be changed in you and I promise He will take care of you. He will help you and show you.

Thank you for reading todays post. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just need someone to talk to, I am willing to listen. Email me at jasondumitru@gmail.com or call me or text me at 847 322 0518. Again, thanks and God bless!

Day 94

Living For Christ

We hear that we need to stay pure and obey Christ. We hear that we need to live our lives like Jesus. We hear that we need to die to our old selves. We hear all these things. We hear, but we don’t listen. Why is it that we always hear but don’t listen? Why is it that we always look, but don’t see? We may want to give up everything, all our addictions and all we struggle with, but we don’t. I am saying this because recently I have been really aware of how serious the struggle is for Christians including myself. It is really really serious and we are all affected. It’s not a game and we really need to pay attention to the Word and our lives.

With all of this in mind, I want us to really think. I want us to really look back at ourselves and analyze our motives and our actions and everything in between. The Bible cannot be anymore clear. It says in Philippians 2:13-15

 “13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.14 Do everything without complaining and arguing, 15 so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.”
 
With this passage in front of us, let’s realize what it says. Let’s realize the intensity and the severity of our lives. Paul teaches us that we need to STAY AWAY FROM SIN. We  need to be pure in all we do so  that people won’t be able to speak about us with blame. We need to live clean, innocent lives as children of God. This means we need to be PURE!
 
Men, we as men fall SO easily into lust and sexual sin. We need to have our guard up very strongly, especially now in 2013 where fashion is very provocative and gets our eyes wandering. We need to stay strong in Jesus so that we don’t fall into a world of drinking and using drugs, so that we won’t fall into a world of impure relationships and actions.
 
 
Girls, you need to love yourselves. You need to realize that your looks aren’t all that matter in life. You are perfect the way you are. You will find a man who loves you as Christ loved the church if you seek Him first. Believe me if you seek God, and get so lost in Christ, you will trip over Him and bump into the man who was also so busy in Him that he tripped and bumped into you. Forgive, forget, don’t get angry, jealous, rude.
 
We need to watch our mouths and actions because we do impact and influence others around us. Whether you believe this statement or not, I have seen this truth, that we do influence those around us. We lead by example, and as corny and cheesy and cliché as that sounds, that is the simple truth.
 
Let’s be the lights and examples Christ wants us to be in this dark world. Let’s glorify Him with our lives. Why not? After all Jesus did give up His life for us. He saved us from the wrath of God.

Thank you for reading todays post. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just need someone to talk to, I am willing to listen. Email me at jasondumitru@gmail.com or call me or text me at 847 322 0518. Again, thanks and God bless!

Day 93