A Scary Truth

Proverbs 26:7 says:

“A proverb in the mouth of a fool is as useless as a paralyzed leg.” ¬†(NLT)

With this verse in mind, let’s look at our own lives. Are we people that talk a wonderful talk but walk only a quarter or half of the walk? Are we hypocrites? Do we live up to what we believe in? Do we just preach the good news and walk the other way?

Let’s do our best in practicing what we preach. Let’s do our best in being real. Let’s not be fools! I have struggled greatly with this in my life and I know that it’s not over yet. I will still struggle with this probably for a long time. It’s not something you can just be perfect at. Our walk with Christ is a constant battle, struggle, and fight. If we fall we need to get up. We need to reset our feet and get back into the battle. Let’s not let anything bring us down. If we find ourselves being hypocrites, let’s ask God for forgiveness and repent of it. Let’s move away from this sin. It is one of the hardest things to deal with as Christians because if we are hypocrites, we can very well be stumbling blocks.

Thanks for reading. I also want to address the fact that I don’t do this to impress anyone, I don’t do it for credibility because I alone have none, I don’t do it because I have to. I do it to encourage you to be stronger in your walk with Christ as well as myself. I want to be the best Christian in this life that I can be. It’s not about length, it’s not about making it easy to read for your heart, it’s not about pleasing your heart or anyone’s particular beliefs, but rather I want these devotions to help you as they help me; to analyze our lives and see where we need to make changes, and then to reevaluate ourselves and see the changes, if any. Don’t worry, I DO NOT have all the answers. I am NOT perfect at all….pretty far from it if anything. I still have my struggles and battles, but I do not let them bring me down anymore. Christ dies for my battles as well, not only my sins.

God bless you and may the Lord strengthen you in all you do. Much peace and love as always! ūüôā¬†

If you need someone to talk to in confidence that what you say will stay between only us, than you may contact me at jasondumitru@gmail.com or text me at 847-322-0518. Don’t worry, don’t be shy, God can strengthen us both through our conversation! ‚̧

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Falling and Rising

Today I read a wonderful verse from the book of Proverbs. Verse 16 of chapter 21 says this:

“for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.”

With that passage in mind, know that we will fall. Notice that is says “for though the righteous fall…” Not “if the righteous will fall…” This is because we are being told clearly that we are not perfect. Even us who believe and are saved are not perfect. We need to constantly be picking ourselves up when we fall, not if we fall!

Dont be discouraged by your mistakes. Be encouraged not to make them again. Dont turn away from God’s grace when you’re down. Run to it. Remember to pick yourself up when you fall. Thats what the righteous do!

Thanks for reading and may God bless you!

Be Cheery! :D

Today I want to encourage you guys in a way that I don’t think I’ve encouraged people before. I know recently and for the past few months I have been complaining to God and a wreck. I in general am a pessimistic person. I always see the bad in something before I see the good or any good for that matter. If this is you, even if you’re not pessimistic, try to be cheerful and positive. Lets change this. Today I want to change that about me.

Lets look in the living Word of God in the book of Proverbs 17:22 where it says 

“A cheerful heart is good medicine,

but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

With this passage in mind, I give you my first reason. I want to be a joyous, non-pessimistic person from now on because the Bible tells us that a cheerful heart is GOOD medicine. Isn’t that awesome?! Isn’t it cool to know that the living book tells us basically that there’s no point to be sad and crushed and down because if cheerfulness is good medicine, than the opposite must be poison!

It’s normal to be sad and down as a human, but let’s not allow ourselves as saints of Christ who have His Spirit in us to be in this state of negativity. After all the Spirit that is within us isn’t that way! God gave His son to die for our problems, our sins, our sadness, so let’s be rejoicing in Him. Let’s always do our best to look up and be positive. Even Paul teaches us to look always be focused on heavenly things. Well guess what!? If we are focused on heavenly things, I’m sure they don’t lead us to sadness or a crushed spirit! Im sure thinking about the music we will sing, the glory we will see, the fellowship we will have, the food we will eat, that we will want to be sad or crushed!

We all have problems and issues, some greater or smaller than others, but nonetheless they are there. Just look at it in this way, that God gives the strongest battles to warriors who He knows can handle them. Be optimistic in your troubles and even in your day by day activities.

Thanks for reading today’s encouraging words. God bless you and keep me in your prayers as I work on becoming a new me through the help of God the father, Christ the son, and the Holy Spirit who is within me! Again God bless!!

Words of Wisdom from Proverbs

These past months I’ve been seeking God. But the problem in my life didn’t come from seeking Him, it came from seeking Him in the wrong ways. I constantly kept trying to bargain with God and make Him give me the things I desired and I kept trying to convince Him (the one who already knows everything) and myself that I was ready for these things and that I had pure motives. Maybe through all this I did have pure motives, but honestly, God knows me (and you) better than we know ourselves, because He can see the past, present, and future, as clear as crystal. I cannot tell you enough how small and puny and unworthy of a human I am. But I thank God that He finds a way to open my eyes to many things in my life, sometimes a little too late (not in the sense that His timing was off, but in the sense that He let me go through something that I created for myself a little too long). I thank God that although so many times I felt as if He wasn’t watching, not caring, and just letting me fail, fall, and get hurt, He was actually right there and I was just stepping on Him.

Anyways, recently I have been reading from Proverbs because I have seen the need and importance for wisdom and Proverbs is the gem of wisdom! Today I read a few Proverbs but for me, chapter 16 verses 1-4 really stuck out to me and got me because of where I find myself in life. It says:

“To humans belong the plans of the heart,
but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.

2 All a person’s ways seem pure to them,
but motives are weighed by the Lord.

3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and he will establish your plans.

4 The¬†Lord¬†works out everything to its proper end‚ÄĒ
even the wicked for a day of disaster.”

A very true to life passage. Like verse 1 says, we humans always have plans, but God’s is the best and He leads the way with his. We always have plans to do something or become someone in a certain field or the possibilities are endless. But to know that God has the final say and ultimate call, for me at least is comforting.

In verse 2 it tells us that many times we think we are doing something or want something out of “pure” motives, but remember we are sinful humans and to us what might seem pure, is rather dirty before God. We need to realize that God judges our motives and only He can say whether they are pure or not. But in order to know what he thinks about them, we must seek His face.

In verse 3 scripture tells us, to commit to the Lord in anything we do and He will make out our plans. This verse ties in really wonderfully with my favorite verse Matthew 6:33. We need to understand that if we seek God and devote ourselves to Him, He will straighten out our paths for us and lead us.

Verse 4 tells us that God will make everything work out in its own time. With this being said, I will repeat myself and say, that it is extremely comforting knowing that the Lord holds my life and the plans for my life in his hands, and that no matter what I may do, He will still work everything out for me for His Glory.

I don’t know where you all stand or what you are struggling with, but if any of you have been struggling as much as I have been these past couple months, than my prayers really go out to you and I really ¬†hope that you seek God to a whole new level of “a lot”. I really hope this devotional touched you in any way and really pray for God to continue to change my heart as well as yours and to mold us into the men and women He wants us to be in His army. Remember that although God is love and peace and comfort and joy and He brings those things, there is also an enemy who hates us, our Lord, and His work, and will do anything to stop us. Remember that although God wants our lives to be happy, the devil fights against us and tries to show us how weak we are and how dirty we are and tries to drag us into his hell hole. This fight isn’t easy at all and thats the main thing you need to remember about this. You will try to ¬†follow God in all your ways, but you will fall along the way. Just remember to pick yourself up and follow the Lord and ask Him to continue to bring you down His road and will no matter the circumstances.

Thanks for reading the post today and God bless you. If you need someone to talk to, cry to, or even relate to, hit me up at 847 322 0518 or email me at jasondumitru@gmail.com

Trust & Submission

I want to start off this devotion by asking a question. How much do we trust God in our  lives? And with that question, this is the following one. Do we trust God enough to submit to Him in all of our ways? And when I say all of our ways, I mean all the way from home and what we do at home all the way to school and work, all the way to our social lives.

I’ve really been rereading the book of Proverbs again and finding nothing but jewels and pearls in this book. Today the passage that stuck out to me once again more than any was Proverbs 3:5-6¬†

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
 
This passage is so beautiful and honest and really applicable to each and everyone of us each new day. When we go about our days, when we go about choosing the songs we listen to, the songs we sing, the books we read, the websites we visit, the people we talk to and in which ways we associate with them, the relationships we have or try to make with the “one” we want to be with for the rest of our lives. Can we say that in all of these things, we trust in God and believe He’ll lead us and provide our paths?
 
I want us to really examine ourselves and I myself and examining myself strictly as we speak. I am trying my best everyday to look up to Jesus and forget the things I want and acknowledge only the things that will only better me with Him. I want us all to really see in which ways we put God first and if all of our ways isn’t the answer, then we REALLY got some priority reevaluating to do.
 
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!